Re-appointments to the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. has re-appointed the following members to the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority


Dr. Elizabeth Keane (MB, MPH, FFPHMI) is a consultant in Public Health Medicine. Dr. Keane is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC. Dr. Keane worked in hospital medicine for 5 years prior to undertaking a Masters in Public Health in UCD and completed Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine in 1989. She was appointed the first Director of Public Health for Cork and Kerry in 1995. Dr. Keane is a fellow and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the RCPI, a Convenor and Examiner of the Membership Examinations and Chair of the Education and Examinations Committee. She is a former Chair of both the National Cancer Registry Board and the Board of the National Disease Surveillance Centre (now HPSC). She has also served on the boards of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and the Interim Health Information and Quality Authority. Dr. Keane’s main areas of interest include health status epidemiology health protection the public health aspects of blood borne viruses and international health regulations.

Dr Keane is re-appointed from 22 May 2019 to 21 May 2022.


Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan (MB, BCh, BAO, BSc, MICGP, MRCGP, DFFP, DCH, DPD) works full time as a GP in Glanmire, Co. Cork. He is a graduate of UCC, completed specialist training in General Practice in Kent, England and then worked in Australia prior to returning to Cork. He currently chairs Diabetes in General Practice, a diabetes charity. He was appointed as clinical lead for Diabetes in HSE South, as chair of HSE South Diabetes service implementation group and to the national Diabetes Clinical Advisory Group in 2009. He is on the Cork committee of the Southdoc out-of-hours service. He is an accredited risk advisor in primary care, with the Medical Protection Society. He won the ICGP 2013 Quality in Practice award for ‘Methotrexate: We can do better: a novel approach to safer use of toxic medication’. He is an undergraduate tutor in UCC and an online dermatology tutor for Cardiff University, Wales. He writes regular columns for a number of publications.

Dr Quinlan is re-appointed from 22 May 2019 to 21 May 2024.