Maria Kearns

Head of Human Resources

Maria Kearns joined the Museum in February 2018. She is Head of Human Resources across all sites and departments within the National Museum of Ireland. Her office is based in Collins Barracks.

Maria works with the board, all management and staff in all aspects of Human Resources including Recruitment and Selection, Learning and Selection, Compensations and Benefits, Employee and Industrial relations and Performance Management.


Prior to joining the Museum, Maria worked in a HR capacity with Communicare and also the Rehab Group (including the National Learning Network) for over twenty years. Previously she has worked in an education capacity specialising with disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities.

Maria has a Masters in Human Resource and Learning along with a H.Dip in education. Her master’s dissertation was ‘Were females disadvantaged from employment promotions if they availed of work-life balance working arrangements’.