Patricia Rickard-Clarke 


Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. 

She is the Chair of the National Safeguarding Committee, Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg – Support and Advocacy Service for Vulnerable adults and Older People and Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Decision-Making Capacity Task Force.  She is a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group developing the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act.

Nicola Carroll

Nicola Carroll is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and the Law Society of Ireland.

She was called to the Bar in 2009 and is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She practises in the areas of probate, succession and regulatory law and advises clients on lifetime and estate planning as well as the administration of trusts and estates.  She has acted for a number of petitioners in wardship applications in the High Court.

Áine Flynn


Áine Flynn graduated in law from Trinity College Dublin and completed a research Masters in criminology and criminal justice policy.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 and from 2012-2017 was a senior partner in KOD Lyons, a firm specialising in public interest law, including disability and equality law. She was on the panel of legal representatives of the Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board from their inception in 2006 and also represented detained Wards of Court instructed by the General Solicitor. She has written and lectured on human rights and has been a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society since 2012. Prior to her present appointment, she was a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force.

In October 2017, she commenced in post as Director of the Decision Support Service within the Mental Health Commission.

Mary Kirwan


Mary is a barrister and lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

She teaches medical law on the undergraduate and postgraduate Ethics programme in the RCSI.

She is a dissertation director for the MSc Healthcare Ethics and Law course and provides training seminars in hospitals on medico/legal issues.
Mary Kirwan is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.

Mary is also a winner of the Law Society of Ireland Justice Media Award for her writing on current legal topics. She has written extensively in the area of law, including a weekly legal column in the Irish Independent, and is a frequent legal contributor in national and local broadcast media, including RTE’s Prime Time.

Mary is currently a member of a number of committees including a Research Ethics Committee, an Ethics Committee and an Advisory Panel.
Mary provides expert legal advice to various organisations on a voluntary basis and previously worked with the Legal Aid Board.

Deirdre Shanagher

Deirdre is currently working with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer.

She is a registered general nurse who has worked with older people as a nurse and nurse manager. Deirdre obtained a BSc (Cur) general nursing in 2006, an MSc Gerontological nursing in 2011 and European Certificate in Palliative Dementia Care in 2014. She is a member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and The Irish Association of Palliative Care. Deirdre has served on the board of Care Alliance Ireland since 2014 and chairs the research sub-committee of that board. Her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation centres around the Palliative Care for All and Primary Palliative Care Programmes as w

Asim A. Sheikh


Asim A. Sheikh is a practising barrister specialising in clinical  negligence and medical/healthcare law.

He is also part-time Lecturer in  Legal Medicine, at Forensic and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD. He practices, lectures and has published widely on aspects of  medical law. He also lectures in the RCSI and occasionally in TCD and the  Law Society. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Bioethics  and is Editor of the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland.

Sophie Honohan

Sophie Honohan was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2010.

She has a mixed civil practice including experience in health law. In addition to her professional qualification she holds a degree in business and law from University College Dublin and is an accredited mediator. She is presently undertaking work in connection with the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. As part of a group of barristers, Sophie received the human rights award at the Irish Law Awards 2014 for work with the Magdalen Commission. Sophie works for the Irish Reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland and is an adviser at the Free Legal Advice Centres.