Appointments to the Medical Council

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following persons as members of the Medical Council, for a period of up to five years with effect from 1 June 2018 on their nomination as follows:


Dr John Barragry – Reappointed following nomination by Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Dr Barragry is a Consultant Physician and a medical graduate of University College Dublin. His postgraduate medical qualifications include M.D. (NUI), FRCP (Lond.), FRCPI.

Following postgraduate training at the Royal London Hospital, he was appointed Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital, London, where he was also Senior Lecturer in Medicine. He later returned to Dublin as Consultant Physician to the Meath Hospital, the Adelaide Hospital and subsequently Tallaght University Hospital. There he was successively Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Clinical Director of Medical Services and Lead Clinical Director.

His clinical specialty interests are in the field of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

He has carried out laboratory and clinical research particularly in the areas of Vitamin D metabolism and thyroid disease and published in these and other areas of endocrinology. He is a former chairman of the Diabetes Section of the Irish Endocrine Society, the Diabetes Service Development Group, the Dublin Biological Club, and an organising secretary for the Medical Research Society. He is a Governor of the Meath Foundation and its founding vice-chairman.

He has served on the Boards of Governance of a number of hospitals, including the Meath Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and Mount Carmel Hospital, where he has also chaired the Medical Boards as well as numerous Boards’ committees. He is a former medical and non-executive director on the Board of BUPA Ireland.

He is a member of the Irish Medical Council since 2013 and of the Irish Dental Council since 2015.

A Senior Fellow on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, he is a former Examiner, Censor and Vice-President of the College, and has represented RCPI on the Joint Committee for Higher Medical Training at Royal College of Physicians, London, and on the National Clinical Assessment Service (U.K.)


Ms Vicky Blomfield – Reappointed following nomination by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

Ms Blomfield has a wide experience in service delivery, regulation of services, corporate-wide quality assurance, risk management and internal audit processes.

She qualified as a social worker in 1991 in Manchester and also holds an Honours BA (Oxon) in English language and literature, a Diploma in Social Administration (Manchester), an MSc in Health Services Management (TCD) and the Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime (Kings Inn).

Having worked as a social worker in child protection and welfare services in England and Ireland, Vicky moved to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in 2008. She was responsible for the design and implementation of the inspection assessment approach for the regulation of designated centres for older people. She subsequently led a large regulatory team, registering and monitoring nursing homes.

She became the Head of Children’s Services Regulation in 2013 and delivered the first child protection and welfare inspections in the state.

More recently she has become Head of HIQA’s Quality function. She has expanded HIQA’s quality management system and is particularly interested in risk management and quality improvement. Vicky has lectured and presented on aspects of HIQA’s regulatory function.


Dr Rita Doyle – Reappointed following nomination by the Irish College of General Practitioners


  • MB., B.Ch.,B.A.O.,D.C.H., (UCD)
  • M.I.C.G.P, DIP IN C.B.T.
  • Certificate in Diabetes Care


  • General Practitioner for more than thirty years
  • Chair Board of Censors ICGP – 3 years
  • Tutor in C.M.E. – ICGP > 10 years
  • Assistant National Director CME in ICGP for > 5 years
  • President ICGP 2011- 2012
  • ICGP representative on National Immunisation Advisory Committee for > 10 years including the transfer of Immunisation into General Practice.
  • Current Position Full time GP Bray Co. Wicklow. Two and a half doctor practice with Nurse

Practice Profile:

  • Approximately 5,000 patients – with about 1000 GMS patients the greater number of these being over seventy years
  • Chair of Interim National Steering Committee for post graduate training – ICGP
  • Member of Educational Governance Committee ICGP
  • GP Trainer TCD post graduate training in General Practice.
  • Married with five children, three grandchildren and a dog.

Current Interests:

  • Post graduate Training and Education
  • Stress Management in health care professionals
  • and patients using Mindfulness Based Approaches.


  • Hill walking,
  • cooking
  • and gardening


Ms Mary Duff – Reappointed by Minister for Health 

Ministerial Nominee

Ms Duff is a registered nurse and midwife. She was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nursing Studies in UCD in 2010.

Her business qualifications include an MBA in Healthcare Management from Smurfit Business School, UCD, Dublin.

She has over 25 years’ experience as a Director of Nursing working at corporate level in acute and community hospitals in the HSE and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. She led the successful preparation for the Joint Commission International formal assessment of St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) in 2013. She has gained significant expertise in change management, quality and risk through leading the development and implementation of many innovative services and education programmes.

During her career she has participated on many national strategic groups such as: Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes; Graduate Education Review Group; Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance; Strategic Plan for Acute Hospital Services.

In 2017, she was appointed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy as chair of the Catherine McAuley House, Advisory Board, and Beaumont Convalescent Home. She has recently joined the Board of Directors of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Central to her core values is that patients and their families receive care from highly competent staff in a value driven, high quality caring and compassionate environment.


Professor Fidelma Dunne, MD PhD MMedEd. – Reappointed following nomination by the Irish Medical Schools Council

Prof Dunne holds a Personal Professorship in Medicine and is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals. She obtained her medical degree from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), her MD from University College Cork, her PhD from the University of Birmingham UK and also holds a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee Scotland and a Masters in Clinical Research from NUIG. She is a former Head of the Medical School at NUIG (2009-2013) and has an active research programme with > 200 publications and >15 million euro research income as Principal Investigator, co-investigator and collaborator.

Her major research interest is in the area of pregnancy and diabetes. Her research group conduct a number of studies as part of the ATLANTIC DIP programme focusing on;

  • Pregnancy Outcomes in women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Pre pregnancy care (PPC)
  • Process of care delivery for Diabetes before during and after pregnancy
  • Screening for GDM
  • Persistent glucose abnormalities following GDM
  • Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Genetics of GDM
  • Psychosocial implications of GDM
  • Economic evaluation of GDM

In addition she is/has been involved in multicentre studies e.g. European FP7 funded DALI study using Vitamin D and lifestyle intervention to prevent GDM, CONCEPTT study looking at continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in Type 1 Diabetes in pregnancy, EXPECT study examining a new insulin in Type 1 Diabetes in Pregnancy and EVOLVE a European registry of women with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes treated with insulin in pregnancy. International involvement allows women with Diabetes in Ireland access to new treatments and innovations to improve pregnancy outcomes for these women. More recently Professor Dunne has established the EMERGE clinical trial examining the use of metformin for the treatment of GDM. This is funded by the HRB.

Professor Dunne is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education through the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and at the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI).

Positions held in last 15 years;

  • Chair NUIG Alumni Board (2004-2007)
  • Member NUIG Udaras Governing Body (2 Terms)
  • Head of School of Medicine NUIG (2009-2013)
  • Chair Curriculum Revision Committee School Medicine NUIG
  • Chair School Medicine Executive Board NUIG (2009-2013)
  • Chair Examination Committee RCPI (2009-2013)
  • Dean Examinations RCPI (2004-2007)
  • Senior Fellow of Council RCPI (2009-2013)
  • Member ICHMT (2009-2013)
  • Chair RCPI Advisory Group on Diabetes (2010-2013)
  • Committee member Council of Deans (CDFMSI)(2009-2013)
  • President of International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) 2016-2020.
  • Fulbright Scholar 2014-2015, Columbia University, New York.


Professor Mary Leader, MD, FRCPath, FRCPI, FFPath RCPI, Dch, LRCP & SI – Reappointed following nomination by the Irish Medical Schools Council

Professor Leader is a professor of Pathology/Consultant Histopathologist at Beaumont Hospital and RCSI and the chairperson of the Department of Pathology at RCSI. She has special interest in Lymphoma and Soft Tissue Pathology. She is currently a Medical School Representative on the Medical Council.

Professor Leader spent six years training in Histopathology in London, after which she returned to Dublin in 1987 to the Richmond Hospital as a Professor of Pathology/Consultant Histopathologist. She was awarded an MD Thesis for her research on soft tissue sarcomas.

She currently serves as President of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology. She also serves or has served as the following: The President of Irish Society of Surgical Pathology, The Chairperson of Division of Laboratory Medicine at Beaumont Hospital, a Board Member and Vice President of the Irish Hospital’s Consultant’s Association, a Board Member of METR (Medical Education Training and Research Group), a Member of Comhairle Na nOspideal, a Board Member of CAAC (Consultants Appointments Application Committee), a Board Member of the Faculty of Pathology (RCPI), and the Irish Representative to the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

She also has past experience as a committee member of the National Cancer Registry Board, National Cervical Screening Working Party, Irish Research Council for Science and Technology, Educational Sub-committee Faculty of Pathology Ireland, Irish Association of Cancer Research, Irish Society of Gastroenterology and the Irish Association of Clinical Cytology.

For many years on behalf of RCSI she travelled to Sub-Saharan Africa to provide education in Pathology to senior African surgeons as part of the RCSI led COSECSA (College of Surgeons of Eastern Central and Southern Africa) programme. At RCSI, Professor Leader is responsible for pathology education and the assessment of 350 medical students per year in the RCSI Undergraduate Medical Programme, Dublin and provides leadership and pathology education to the RCSI Medical Schools in Perdana, Malaysia and Bahrain. She has published extensively.

In addition to her academic, research and educational commitments, Professor Leader also practices as a Consultant Histopathologist in Beaumont Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic. This includes diagnostic practice, post graduate education and mentoring etc.


Mr Tom O’Higgins BA MSc FCA AITI MCIPD – Reappointed by Minister for Health

Ministerial Nominee

Mr O’Higgins was a partner at PwC from 1970 to 2000. A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland; he served on its Council from 1984 to 1993 and was President in 1991/92.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin and Sheffield Hallam Business School, and is a Master Coach from Middlesex University, a member of the Irish Taxation Institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and of the Institute of Directors.

A specialist in corporate governance, he has lectured extensively on governance and board effectiveness and conducted reviews in state bodies, private companies, hospitals and not for profit organisations. He was a founder of Praesta Ireland, the executive coaching and mentoring firm.

A director of Concern Worldwide and its UK and US subsidiaries from 1997 to 2008, he was Chairman from 1999 to 2003. He was a director of AMK Cambodia, Concern’s micro-finance affiliate from 2003 to 2014 and chairman from 2004 to 2010. He was a Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2001 to 2011.

He was a director of the Coombe Women’s and Infants’ University Hospital, and chairman from 2003 to 2007, and a director of Tallaght Hospital from 2011 to 2014. He was a member of the Governance Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons, a trustee of the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland from 2002 to 2016, and is a director of a number of private companies. He was chairman of the Older and Bolder Campaign from 2006 to 2010.

He is chairman of the audit committees at the HSE and or a member of the audit committee at the National University of Ireland. He has chaired the audit committees at the Department of Education and Science, the Courts Service, the Office of the DPP, the Office of the Attorney General, the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Commission for Energy Regulation, Dublin Institute of Technology, Concern Worldwide and other public bodies and government departments.


Ms Catherine McKenna – Reappointed following nomination by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)

Ms McKenna is a graduate of the College of Radiographers, London (DCRT) with a career spanning more than thirty five years in the Irish public health service, having gained broad experience in a variety of roles and specialisations from clinical to managerial level. She currently holds the post of Director of Radiation Therapy Services at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, Dublin. In this role she provides strategic and clinical leadership which results in the delivery of effective, quality assured and patient centred radiation oncology services across SLRON. She has a proven track record in implementing strategic plans and achieving target timelines.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research (SLICR), whose main objective is to foster and support research in radiation oncology, working collaboratively with other academic and research institutions.

She is the National Clinical Lead for Radiation Therapists with a key role as advisor to the National Cancer Control Programme, chairing the National RTSM group, and progressing standardised work practices, competency matrices, and evidence based practices within radiotherapy. As a member of the National Programme for Radiation Oncology (NPRO) Board she is engaged in planning for the future expansion of Radiotherapy services in Ireland, inputting into HSE Service Plans, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reviews, and workforce planning.

She is the Radiographers Registration Board representative on the Health & Social Care Professionals Council of CORU, whose remit, in addition to corporate governance includes enforcing standards of practice for registered professionals, including codes of professional conduct and ethics and managing Fitness to Practise procedures.

A member of the Professional Body since its inception, Catherine is currently the President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT).

She sits on the National Radiotherapy Sub-Committee of HSE with a mandate to advise the Medical Exposures Radiation Unit (MERU) in the areas of Incident Reporting and National Clinical Audit in Radiotherapy.

Promoting and developing competence to practice, supporting role development and CPD programmes, together with fostering a holistic approach to patient care in the clinical setting are central to her role and Catherine looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge serving on the Medical Council.



The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed the following persons as members of the Medical Council, for a period of up to five years with effect from 1 June 2018 on their nomination as follows:


Professor John Hyland – Appointed following nomination by Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Prof Hyland is the President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland having taken up office in June 2016.  He is a Professor of Clinical Surgery at University College Dublin and Consultant Surgeon, with a special interest in Colorectal Surgery, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital from 1982 until the present date.  In 1990 Prof. Hyland co-founded the Centre for Colorectal Disease at St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Prof. Hyland is recognised nationally and internationally as a Clinical, Research, and Educational Leader. He has been President of many groups including the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and the Irish Society of Gastroenterology.


Mr Joe O’Donovan – Appointed following nomination by the Private Hospitals Association

Mr O’Donovan is Chief Executive Officer at Galway Clinic. He has worked at Galway Clinic since 2005, first as Chief Financial Officer up to 2012 at which point he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer, helping grow and develop the Galway Clinic into one of Ireland’s leading private hospitals.

He is presently the Chairperson of the Private Hospitals Association, the representative body for the independently-funded hospital sector in Ireland. He is the Association’s nominee to the Medical Council.

Following completion of a B.Sc. in University College Cork, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 while working with Arthur Andersen. He has held various senior management positions across a number of industries in Ireland and abroad. He received his Master’s degree in Management with the Irish Management Institute and Trinity College Dublin in 2011.


Professor Marina Lynch – Appointed following nomination by the Royal Irish Academy

Prof Lynch is currently Professor of Cellular Neuroscience in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, having graduated from NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) from where she was awarded her PhD in 1980.  Prof Lynch’s post-graduate training was in King’s College London and in the National Institute of Medical Research (London).  Prof Lynch was appointed as a lecturer in Physiology in TCD in 1992, promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to a personal chair in 2006, running a successful research group from 1992 until now, part of which was as lead Principal Investigator and co-ordinator of 5 PhD training programmes funded by the Health Research Board and the Higher Education Authority (2004-2016). Prof Lynch has published more than 220 scientific papers, and was the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Conway Review Lecturer and Silver medal recipient in 2006, the recipient of Tom Connor Distinguished Researcher Award in Neuroscience in 2013 and the recipient of the Irish Area Section of the Biochemical Society Silver Medal, also in 2013.

Prof Lynch was a member of Irish government-appointed Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction and Workgroup Chair and member of the drafting group for the final report (2001-2005), a member of the Board (2001-2009) and Director (2006-2009) of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and a member of the Board of Trinity College (2005-2008).  Prof Lynch has been a member of the Senior Promotions in TCD for several years and acted as Pro-Vice Provost for the review of Equality Services in TCD in 2014. Prof Lynch was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.


Mr Jim O’Sullivan – Appointed following nomination by the Health Service Executive

Biography to follow.


Ms Teresa Bulfin – Appointed following nomination by the Health Service Executive

Ms Bulfin retired from her post in the HSE Mid-West in 2017 having completed almost 40 years’ service. Throughout that period she progressed through the organisation from her initial appointment as Clerical Officer to the role of Senior Operations Manager.

Her experience of the Health Services is wide ranging and has been gained through working in a variety of service areas and holding management roles at middle and senior level in Acute, Mental Health, Older Persons and Disability Services. She has also been involved in the implementation of a number of major change management programmes.

She worked for 17 years in a number of posts in the Human Resource Department. She completed a third level course of study in Human Resource Management in the University of Limerick. She has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) since 1997. She has experience of working and leading in the areas of recruitment and selection, learning and development, staff and employee relations. She represented the organisation at Labour Court, Rights Commissioner, Equality and Unfair Dismissal Hearings.

Throughout her career she has had a specific interest in ensuring the safe delivery of services. She has experience of regulation of services, governance, quality assurance, risk management and internal audit processes. She also has considerable experience in the conducting and reviewing serious incidents.


Dr Maeve Moran – Appointed following nomination by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

Dr Moran graduated from NUI Galway.  Following extensive national and international experience she specialized in psychiatry.  Dr Moran is active in a number of professional bodies. She is a member of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland and the Royal College of Psychiatrists,  UK. Dr Moran is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. As an associate dean specialist Dr Moran works in collaboration with Saint Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin. Dr Moran’s areas of particular professional interest include medical education and ethics, psychotherapy, and assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adult mental health problems in collaboration with other mental health professionals.


Prof Mary O’Sullivan – Appointed following nomination by the Minister for Education and Skills, after consultation with the Higher Education Authority

Professor O’Sullivan is a member of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick.  She served as Dean of the Faculty for two terms (2008-2014). As part of that role, she supported the development of the new Graduate Entry Medical School at UL, chaired the GEMS Advisory Committee and built partnerships with the University Hospital Limerick group.  She has been a teacher educator for over 30 years teaching and researching in the United States and Canada before returning to Ireland.  She served a term on the Irish Teaching Council (2016-2018) and chaired the Development Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for the new Leaving Certification specification and Senior Cycle Framework for Physical Education.


John Murray – Appointed following nomination by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

For a period of up to five years with effect from 28 June 2018

John Murray practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in mental health (C.M.H.N) based at Waterford Mental Health Service.  John qualified as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in 1982 from St. Otteran’s nurse training school Waterford, with honours.  John went on to train as a Registered General Nurse at Waterford Regional Hospital, qualifying in 1985.

In 1986 John moved to the UK where he worked as a staff nurse in the acute admission unit at Friern Psychiatric Hospital north London and was part of the team, which set up the first medium secure unit catering for forensic patients from the North Thames catchment area.

In 1988 John completed a Diploma in pharmacology at the faculty of nursing R.C.S.I.  Throughout the 1990’s John worked as a staff nurse and acting CNM1 and CNM2 at Waterford Psychiatric Services, mainly working in the acute admission unit attached to Waterford Regional Hospital. In 1998 John began working as a Community Mental Health Nurse. John continued to pursue his interest in continuing education and in 1998 was awarded the Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Development in Nursing from the University of Ulster.

In 2001, John was awarded a B.Sc., (Honours) in Nursing after completion of studies at Waterford Institute of Technology.

John went on to pursue a master’s degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and in 2003 was awarded an MSC in Nursing(H).

John  has facilitated many workshops and seminars throughout the country on best practice in relation to intramuscular injection and has a number of peer reviewed articles published, on the subject, and also on the implications for Nurses and Midwives of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011.

In 2008 John was elected by his peers, to represent the Clinical Nurse Manager grade in Mental health nursing on An Bord Altranais (The Irish Nursing Board).  John was the first Community Mental Health nurse to be elected as Vice-President of An Board Altranais

In the 2012 Bord elections, John was the only sitting Board member to be re-elected, topping the poll with the highest vote nationwide, and was again elected by the Board Members, to serve as Vice President of Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann.

During this period in addition to his representational role as Vice President, which included addressing groups of Nurses & Midwifes, other health care professionals, chairing the annual conference, conducting site visit audits to mental health and general nursing settings and Higher Education Institutes,  leading out on the Advanced Practitioner Programme, and rolling out nationally the “Values in Nursing & Midwifery” programme in partnership with the Department of Health and HSE; John also fulfilled a regulatory role.

As part of this regulatory role, John was a member of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee & Fitness to Practice Committee (1985 Nurses Act), and the Fitness to Practice Committee (2011 Nurses & Midwives Act), sitting on numerous PPC considerations and FTP Inquiries.

In his role as Vice President John chaired many Section 58 hearings (Emergency Hearings re allegations of ‘Danger to the Public’), Restoration to Register Appeals, &Sanction Hearings.

During the course of these duties, John liaised with legal teams for the CEO, Registrant and The appointed Legal Assessors.

John, during his 10 year tenure underwent training in regulatory matters, (facilitated by La Touche Training), covering a variety of topics including (but not confined to): Sanction, Bias, Protection of the Public, Standards, Insight and remorse, imposition of conditions and Publication.

In March 2016, John was honoured to be appointed as an Honorary Teaching Associate with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI.

In April 2017, John was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI, this is the highest honour the faculty can bestow, and was awarded for Services to Mental Health.

In December 2017 completed his 10 year tenure with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).



Following a Public Appointments Service (PAS) campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has appointed the following as members of the Medical Council, for a period of up to five years with effect from 1 June 2018:


Ms Alison Lindsay

A history and politics graduate from UCD, Alison was called to the Bar in July 1975. She was appointed a judge of the Circuit Court in 1996 and the Special Criminal Court in 2006. She retired as judge in 2016 and currently works as a mediator and arbitrator.

As a judge, she was appointed Chair of the Inquiry into the contamination of Blood and Blood products with Hepatitis C and HIV for persons with haemophilia. The report issued in 2002.  During her time at the Bar, she was Vice Chair of the Unfair Dismissal Tribunal and a founding member of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal.

Alison has also worked on various governance committees for L’Arche, an organisation which provides support for people with intellectual disabilities so they can achieve their potential and share life together in community. She is currently chairperson of their International Stewardship Board. Alison has a keen interest in the Arts and is an avid reader.


Mr John Gleeson

Biography to follow.


Mr Paul Harkin

A science and business graduate with thirty years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical R&D environments, Paul Harkin is Director of Strategic Development at the UCD School of Medicine, a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the School’s strategic plan as well as managing strategic development initiatives.  He is a member of University College Dublin’s Governing Authority and its Finance sub-committee.  During his career, Paul has worked with several Irish Medical Schools through education and research collaborations. Prior to his current role, Paul was Programmes & Operations Manager at the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre, Associate Director for Strategic Business Planning at Elan Corporation, Head of Analytical Science at Elan Biotechnology Research and Research Team Leader at Glaxo Group Research.  Paul has a Masters in Business Administration from the UCD Smurfit Graduate School and a BSc in Analytical Science from Dublin City University.



The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., has appointed/re-appointed the following persons as members of the Medical Council, following on from their election by the registrants of the profession, for a period of up to five years with effect from 1 June 2018. 


Dr Anthony Breslin

Dr Breslin works as a Specialist in Public Health Medicine (Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health) HSE – North West.

Dr Breslin qualified in Galway. After working in a number of hospital posts he trained in Public Health Medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland. He worked as a Consultant in Stirling prior to taking up his current post.

He served as a member of the previous Council between 2013 and 2018.  In that period he chaired the Registration and Continuing Practice Committee.  He was also a member of the following committees: Audit, Strategy and Risk, Nominations and Development and the Preliminary Proceeding Committee (he stood down from this committee when he was elected Vice President in April 2017).


Dr Erica Maguire

Dr Maguire graduated from UCD in 2005 with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree and from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns with a Barrister-at-Law Degree in 2006. She practiced as a barrister for four years and was appointed as a Presenting Panel Member at the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. She then completed a Graduate Entry Medicine degree in the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014 and is undergoing Specialist Training in Psychiatry in Dublin. Her interests lie in the retention of NCHDs, medico-legal training and mental health safeguarding for all trainees.


Dr Tom Crotty

Dr Crotty is a graduate of University College Cork. He is a Consultant Histopathologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital since 1997 and is UCD Associate Professor at the UCD School of Medicine. He previously served as Director of Education, Treasurer and Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Pathology RCPI, and as Chair of the Department of Pathology, Chair of the Ethics and Medical Research Committee and Chair of the Clinical Audit Committee at St Vincent’s University Hospital. He is currently a member of the Medical Council’s Registration Review Board Panel.

Dr Crotty was elected to the Medical Council in the category of “Pathology or Radiology”.



Dr Crowe is a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC). Originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, she qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 and after interning in the Meath and Adelaide Hospitals, commenced postgraduate training in Anaesthesia with the College of Anaesthetists in Ireland.

On completion of training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in 2004, she worked as a Fellow in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and finished her Masters in Perioperative Care.

Her career then took her to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, where she was a Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Paediatrics for 9 years. In 2014 she took up a post in Paediatric Intensive Care in OLCHC and is currently Medical Director of PICU. During the last 15 years, she has also practiced as a Consultant Anaesthetist in the Blackrock Clinic, Hermitage Clinic and Beacon Hospital.

Her clinical and academic interests are in Bereavement Studies, Palliative Care in PICU and Compassion Fatigue.

She has been fortunate to be Clinical Tutor for the College of Anaesthetists for the past 10 years in Tallaght Hospital and OLCHC, where she has mentored and encouraged many anaesthetists in training. She is clinical examiner for final year medical students, and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics with TCD. Through collaboration with her colleagues, she has published over 50 peer- reviewed papers, book chapters and reviews.

She hopes to bring her experience of communication and mediation with families in stressful situations to her work in the Medical Council, where she would like to contribute to both the promotion of safe medical care for patients, and advocacy for the role of the medical practitioner.


Dr Aoife Mullally

Dr Mullally is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist working at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin and the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1999 and completed Higher Specialist Training in the North of England before returning to Ireland.  As Clinical Lead for the Labour Ward in the Coombe Hospital her interests include management of high-risk labour and birth, as well as early pregnancy complications and adolescent gynaecology.  She is actively involved in Quality Improvement initiatives, guideline development and reviewing adverse events.  She is a member of the Obstetric Division and the Clinical Risk Management committee.  She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has a particular interest in supporting specialists-in- training as they develop advanced labour ward skills.


Dr Marcus de Brun MRNZCGP

Dr de Brun MRNZCGP, is a general and Sole Practitioner he runs the Rush Family Practice in Co. Dublin since 2010. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin;   BA (Mod) Microbiology (1997). A member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland:  MB., BAO,BCh., LRCP&SI (2002) and of the  Royal New Zealand College of General Practice: MRCGP 2009. He has also holds a degree in Microbiology from TCD and a degree in English & Science at CSU Sacramento. He interned at OLL Drogheda and worked in the A/E for 18 months.