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Meet the Speakers – ASM 2022


Meet the speakers

Oliver ALLEN

Oliver Allen is a RANP, RGN and RNP in MMUH ED. He has previously worked in St. James’s Hospital ED as a Clinical Support Nurse and Shift leader. He has also worked in Beaumont Hospital’s ED and in Queens Hospital ED in Essex, London. He is a member of the Faculty of Emergency (FEN) Nursing’s Education Board and has delivered presentations internationally. He is also the nursing lead for the St. John Ambulance Nursing Faculty and has been working as a nurse at sports events and music festivals for Code Bue Event Medical Services.






Michelle BARLOW

Michelle Barlow works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the ED in Tullamore, has been practising as an ANP for the past 14 years and is a member of the IAANMP. She has 19 years of experience in emergency nursing and six in orthopaedic/trauma settings. She has completed MSc in Advanced Practice nursing, post graduate studies in orthopaedics and management and is an ACLS instructor. She is the ANP advisor with the EMP since May 2020 and chair of the ANP forum.




Patricia BOYLE

Patricia Boyle has worked as a Counsellor in front-line addiction services for over 15 years.  Since joining the Health Service Executive in her native County of Cavan in 2010, she has been a passionate advocate for quality improvement in services, evidence-based practice, and for those affected by substance misuse in the region.  Patricia chaired the HSE Integrated Addiction Oversight Group until 2018 and was central in the development of guidelines and training for the management of alcohol withdrawal in Cavan General Hospital.  Prior to joining the HSE, she worked in community drug and alcohol services in Dublin gaining a deep understanding of the complexity of addiction and the challenges associated with the provision of services.

Patricia studied Psychology where she received summa cum laude honours with her Bachelor’s degree.  She subsequently graduated with a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies receiving a post-graduate award for academic achievement.  She is a final year student in the M.Sc. in Healthcare Management with RCSI Dublin.  Patricia is an ACI accredited counsellor with extensive training in Brief Intervention, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and adopts a Humanistic counselling style in her practice.  She has lectured on the topics of substance misuse, youth work and community development in Dublin City University, Dublin Business School, Cavan Institute and the Addition Training Institute.  She is a voluntary member of the Board of Youth Work Ireland and has been a volunteer and dedicated campaigner for youth work services for over 20 years.



Berna Breen, Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner, University Hospital Waterford.

Berna qualified as a Registered General Nurse many years ago in Waterford. Throughout her long nursing career, she has worked in a variety of specialties worldwide, including ICU, CCU and Paediatric Nursing. She moved to Emergency Nursing in 1999 and following the completion of her MSc in Advanced Practice in Trinity College, Dublin she took up her current role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Emergency in 2010. She has a particular interest in Education and recently completed a Master’s in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Carlow Institute of Technology.




Catherine CONNOLLY

Catherine Connolly is a candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Trauma Resuscitation in the Mater Emergency Department. She has a huge interest in education, trauma , simulation and the transfer of the critically ill patient. She has completed an MSc in Emergency Nursing with TCD and is currently undertaking a MSc in Advanced Practice in UCD and looks forward to the future of trauma nursing education in Ireland!







Dr. Niamh Cummins (PhD) is Chair of the Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Network (IPERN). Niamh is a Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Limerick and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine at Monash University. Her research is in Health Services improvement with a focus on Paramedicine and Emergency Medicine and she is particularly interested in the integration of health services, mental health, clinical screening tools, health behaviour and the social determinants of health. Niamh is an Associate Editor at the Paramedicine journal and is leading the establishment of a First Responder Scheme in her local community. She also acts as a patient advocate and is a firm believer in participatory health research and experience-based co-design. 



Conor Deasy MB, BAO, BCH, BMedSc, DCH, DIMC, Dip Tox, MRCS(A&E) Ed, FRCEM, FACEM, PhD is the Professor of Emergency Medicine, University College Cork and Clinical Director, Unscheduled Care working at Cork University Hospital (CUH). He has recently been elected President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine. He also holds the following roles:

  • Clinical Lead for the South Trauma Network
  • Clinical Lead for National Office of Clinical Audit’s (NOCA) Major Trauma Audit in Ireland
  • Examiner for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Adjunct Professor at the School of Primary Care, Monash University, Australia.
  • Deputy Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service from 2014 – 2020

Conor completed his higher specialist training program in Emergency Medicine in Ireland before moving to Australia where he worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre, Melbourne. While there he completed a PhD at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria. To date Conor has published across the domains of patient safety, quality of care, systems of care, procedural sedation, trauma care as well as out of hospital cardiac arrest.



Detective Sergeant Denise Donegan joined An Garda Síochána in 1998 has had an extensive career in the investigation and prosecution of sexual crime. She is currently attached to the Sexual Crime Management Unit (SCMU) at Harcourt Square, Dublin, which has a national responsibility for the oversight and review of sexual investigations.

Denise is involved in the training and mentoring of detective Gardaí involved in sexual crime investigation throughout the jurisdiction as well as the day to day investigation and prosecution of complex and high profile cases.

An Garda Síochána is delighted to have been invited to present at this year’s ASM.



Gary Duffy has worked as the lead nurse at music festivals such as Electric Picnic and Longitude among others over the past 10 years in Ireland. Having previously worked in Emergency Nursing for a number of years he returned to Critical Care and is currently a Candidate ANP in Critical Care Outreach at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.






Natasha DUFFY

Natasha Duffy studied at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and qualified as a general nurse in 2012. Natasha worked in many wards in Letterkenny University Hospital before moving to AMAU as she had an interest in that area. Natasha completed her Masters in Acute Medicine in NUIG in 2019. When COVID hit in Ireland in 2020 and disrupted everything in its path including the AMAU in LUH was turned into the Covid Emergency Department and Natasha’s Monday – Friday day job turned into 24/7 shift work. The nurses alternated shifts, working one day in the Emergency Department and the next day in the COVID Emergency Department and to her dismay, Natasha thoroughly enjoyed working there. The two years that she worked there taught her a lot as she faced new challenges and got to take on new tasks, which led to learning new skills. The adrenaline-inducing moments gave so much experience in such a wide scope of injuries and illnesses that Natasha believes she has hit the ground running in this fast-paced work environment and may need a new pair of shoes to withstand the heat!





Dr Edel Duggan is the Clinical Director of the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC), a role she has held since 2010. She graduated from the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland in 2006 and received an MD from Trinity College in 2008. Having completed a Clinical Fellowship in Regional Anaesthesia in Toronto and a Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship in London, she was appointed a Consultant Anaesthetist in Beaumont Hospital in 2009. She received a Diploma in Medical Toxicology from Cardiff University. She is a member of the Clinical Standards Group for the National Poisons Information Service in the UK and is a reviewer for the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. She is a member of the Early Warning Emerging Trends Group which is involved in monitoring the emergence of new synthetic drugs. She is an AHLS and ACLS instructor.





Aidan Foley is a RANP in Emergency at the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, working in both the Emergency Department and the off-site LIU (Rapid Injury Clinic) in Smithfield. He attained registration as an ANP in 2017 and is also a Registered Nurse Prescriber and referrer for Ionizing Radiation. Aidan has worked in Emergency Nursing since 2005 in a variety of settings including St Mary’s Hospital London, the Mater and Tallaght University Hospitals in Dublin, and spent almost 3 years as lead nurse in a remote clinic in Malawi Africa funded and run by an Irish NGO. In addition Aidan has worked in a number of pre hospital settings including mass crowd events & festivals, and as a medic in sports and adventure challenges. Further to his clinical role Aidan is committed to the development and promotion of advanced nursing and midwifery practice through his involvement in education, audit and research. He is also involved in several committees and representative forums and has been a committee member of the IAANMP (Irish Association of Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners) since 2021.





Aisling Geoghegan is a General Paediatrician with a special interest in Child Abuse Paediatrics. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2010 and completed her paediatric training in Ireland. Aisling has completed Child Protection training in Ireland, the UK and Canada. She is a licentiate member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in the UK specialising in sexual offences medicine and trained in the Child Sexual Abuse Laurel’s clinic in CHI Crumlin and the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda. Aisling recently completed a 2 year fellowship at SickKids in Toronto in Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect and is currently a locum consultant in CHI Temple Street. In the future, she aims to further develop a dedicated forensic injury interpretation consult service in cases of suspected child physical abuse.





Nessa GILL

Nessa Gill is a Forensic Clinical Examiner and Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Her role includes the Forensic Clinical Examination of patients aged 14 and over who have experienced sexual violence. She has a particular interest in Mental Health and Domestic Violence along with the provision of Outreach Services to those people who may require SATU care. Nessa has a background in Emergency Nursing and Teaching and has a strong commitment to staff development and training.







Associate Professor Shane Higgins, Master, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.

Having graduated from University College, Cork, Prof Higgins undertook his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West of Scotland Deanery. He subsequently undertook subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Having completed the fellowship he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Prof Higgins returned to Ireland in 2004 to a Consultant position in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and subsequently to the National Maternity Hospital in 2009. He is the current Master of the National Maternity Hospital and an Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology having commenced his seven year tenure as Master on 1st January, 2019.

Shane is also a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a special interest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained within Ireland, Scotland and Australia.


Chris LUKE

Qualified MB etc, in 1982, at University College Dublin (UCD). Trained in Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and England. Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH), 1992 – 1999, and Cork University Hospital/Mercy University Hospital (1999-2018); Director of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) at both CUH and the RLUH (1995 – 2007), he established a new Education Centre at the RLUH, and a PGME Service running the Grand Rounds, Intern Teaching Programme and the pioneering Final MB Clinical Skills Course at CUH/UCC. Took early retirement from the HSE due to health issues in 2018, returned for COVID-19 in 2020, but is now forging a new career in medical journalism (a family tradition) and public health education.

Chris has a long-standing passion for initiatives aimed at alleviating the workload of overcrowded hospital emergency departments. Aside from clinical initiatives (fast-tracking, rapid access clinics, patient information cards, etc), these have included multi-agency projects targeting “joy-riders” (racing stolen cars), “nightclub medicine” (the “perils” facing young clubbers), alcohol and substance misuse education. He has led clinical research profiling drug and alcohol-related presentations at EDs in Liverpool and Cork and participated in campaigns to reduce alcohol- and drug-related violence.  A regular contributor to the media, he has been an invited speaker at many local and international seminars and conferences, e.g. dotMD: A Festival of Medical Curiosity in NUIG, Galway (2022); UCC School of Public Health MPH Course (2020 – 2022); St John Ambulance (2021); UCC School of Nursing (2020); RCPI  (St Luke’s Day, 2019); UCC School of Law (2019); Institute of Public Health, Dublin (2020); Royal Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists in London (1997-1998); Alcohol Concern (UK) in Birmingham (2002); the Health Promotion Agency (Belfast, 2002); UK Nursing Council on Alcohol (Liverpool, 2004); Summer Schools at UCC and NUIG; Medical Societies in Cork, London and Brighton; and Club Health/Substance Misuse conferences in Liverpool, London, Amsterdam, Rimini, Slovenia, Ibiza, Zurich, Prague, Sydney and Dublin.

He has initiated/contributed to papers addressing alcohol, substance misuse, violence and trauma care (e.g. Pirmohammed et al, QJM 2000; Luke et al, A Little Nightclub Medicine, EMJ 2000; Safer Clubbing 2002 [a UK Home Office guide for nightclub owners and patrons]; the 2004 Report of the Irish Parliamentary Joint Committee on Health on Alcohol Misuse among Young People Night-time Assaults: Using a National Emergency Department Monitoring System to Predict Occurrence, Target Prevention and Plan Services [Bellis, Luke et al; BMC Public Health, 2012]) and he co-hosted Club Health 2017 in Dublin Castle.

His ‘regular’ public health activities have included lectures (“An A to Z of Drink and Drugs”) to police (at Templemore Garda College), parents, healthcare professionals and activists, in Cork and Dublin; the Club Cork project (involving on-site training for club/pub staff) in the early ‘noughties’; and being “the doctor” on the RTE Today Programme and the Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk fm).

Described as a “thinker, innovator, and contrarian” by Dr Colm Henry, Chris is no stranger to controversy, and has penned opinion pieces in the national press about the (decades-long) “ED crisis” (e.g.  A Prescription to Reboot our Emergency Departments, Irish Times, 2015); management issues (e.g. The Vital Role of Emotional Intelligence in Healthcare, Health Manager Journal, 2015), and novel psychoactive drugs (e.g. We Need Our Headshops Examined, Irish Examiner, which preceded powerful Oireachtas legislation in May 2010).

He contributes frequently to the media in relation to these and other public health issues (e.g. Prime Time, The Late Late Show, The Claire Byrne Show, Today with Maire and Daithi).  Recently, his attention has been directed to the ED attendances by victims of violence (especially that ‘fuelled’ by substance misuse) and elderly patients with dementia (e.g. Improving the Dementia Experience in the ED, St Luke’s 6th Annual Conference: Dementia: Innovation in Care, 2018, Cork).  In December 2020, he chaired an Institute of Public Health national webinar, Alcohol Related Harms on the Island of Ireland, and in recent months has made contributions in relation to the COVID pandemic, ED staffing, cycling safety and incivility, inter alia.

Also: author of A Life in Trauma: Memoirs of an Emergency Physician (Gill; which [briefly!] topped the non-fiction chart in Ireland); lead author, Initial Management of the Severely Injured Patient: RCSI 2003 Guidelines; creator of Irish Medical Lives podcast (2022); member, HSE Board Safety and Quality Committee (until September 2022), Mercy Hospital Foundation Board Director; founder/chair, The Trauma Forum, Liverpool, from 1995; founder/chair, Cork Emergency Medicine Forum, from 2003; received A Pride of Cork Award in 2022 for service to the people of the city and county.



Fiona Lyons is a Senior Medical Social Worker at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin. Fiona is a graduate of the BSS social work programme in Trinity college and holds a BA in Law. She has 20 years’ professional social work experience, most of which has been spent working in maternity and paediatric hospital settings. She has also worked with children, families and vulnerable adults in community settings in assessment, intervention and case management roles.







Prof Sam McConkey graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 1989, followed by membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and diplomas in Child Health and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. From Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, he was awarded a Master of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics in 2000 and from Trinity College, a Doctor of Medicine in 2002. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Sam completed postgraduate training in Infectious Disease, Tropical Medicine and General Internal Medicine, following which he did clinical vaccine trials in Oxford University, gained a Wellcome Fellowship with - Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Oxford from where he was seconded to the Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia. Samuel McConkey is a Deputy Dean, Associate Professor, and has held the position of Head of Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 2006.  He has written over 60 publications in peer-reviewed publications. He has served on several national and international boards and committees.

Sam McConkey’s areas of expertise can be summarised as follows: vaccines, clinical trials, HIV, Hepatitis B, HTLV1, Malaria, Tuberculosis, international health and social science research. He spoke out strongly in national and international media about SARS CoV2 and Ebola starting early well before the media and political leaders realised their significance, and has continued this role of public-facing academic. He is a physician at three busy hospitals, and lead for sexual health in the northeast.



Detective Superintendent Sé McCormack works in the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau within An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police and security service.

He has responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy within An Garda Síochána. The National Drugs Strategy:  Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, is a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland, 2017-2025.

Sé also chairs the Pompidou Group’s Drugs Online Group.

Sé has been a policeman for 28 years and has served in numerous operational, administrative and support roles across the country as well as serving in Cyprus with the United Nations.




Fiona McDAID

Fiona McDaid, RGN, FFNMRCSI, FFEN, MSc, PGDip Clinical Practice, ENB199

Fiona has been an emergency nurse for 35 years, working in Emergency Departments in the UK and Ireland at staff nurse and clinical nurse manager levels. Fiona’s current role is Nurse Lead for the National Clinical Care Programme for Emergency Medicine (EMP) this role has a national remit focusing on the implementation of the EMP Model of Care published in 2012 and Emergency Care related projects. Fiona represents emergency nursing on a number of national fora and boards in Ireland and the UK. Fiona has presented both nationally and internationally on a range of emergency nursing topics and has co-authored a number of publications.

Fiona graduated from the Health Service Leadership Academy Leading Care I Award and the IMI Graduate Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership Programme in 2018 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.




Ursula has been a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Cavan/Monaghan Hospital since 2020.  She graduated from University College Dublin with an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice in 2019 including prescription pathway.  She also completed her ionising radiation programme in 2018.  She completed suture workshop in 2018.  She underwent Preceptorship Training update in 2017 from the RCSI Hospital Group.  She underwent ACLS training in 2021.  She completed her degree in Emergency Care in 2012 at Bucks University. She completed her degree in Critically Ill Adult in 2006 in Thames Valley University London. She graduated from Thames Valley University London 2000 in Adult Nursing.  She is a member of the IAAMP, RCSI ANP forum.





Cormac Mehigan is an Emergency Medicine consultant in University Hospital Limerick (UHL). He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1990 and initially trained in General Practice in Scotland. He spent two years in Western Australia working with Western Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine providing medical support for GPs in remote areas.

Cormac returned to the UK and retrained in Emergency Medicine on the West Yorkshire Deanery training scheme. He was appointed as a consultant to the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, one of the busiest Acute NHS Trusts that sees over 220,000 emergency attendances per year, before moving to Limerick in 2010.

Over the years Cormac has combined his love of sport with his work. He completed an MSc in Sports Medicine at University of Glasgow and has worked with a variety of sports organisations including the Mitsubishi World Rally Team, Leeds Rugby, Munster, IRFU and Irish Horse Racing Board.



Simon Mills is a Senior Counsel specialising in medical law and in particular clinical negligence, professional regulatory law, mental capacity and coroners’ inquests. He has acted in a number of the leading Irish cases in the area. He trained first as a doctor in Trinity College Dublin (followed by vocational training as a GP) and then as a lawyer in University College Dublin. He was called to the Irish Bar in 2002 and to the Inner Bar in 2018.

He has an MSc in Medical Ethics from Imperial College London, where his thesis was on ‘Pluralist Approaches to Abortion Law’. He is the co-author of two books, Medical Law in Ireland (3rd edition, 2017) and Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions (2nd edition, 2022) and has contributed to several other texts. He writes and broadcasts regularly on medico-legal and medical ethical matters. He has given evidence to the Oireachtas Health Committee on abortion law and was a member of the Pandemic Ethics Advisory Group during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.





Dr Adrian Moughty is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and has been in his current role since 2012. He has previously trained in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia and is the local lead for the Euro-DEN study. He has a special interest in Medical Toxicology and is currently undertaking an MSc in Medical Toxicology through Cardiff University.





Dr Joanne K. Nelson: MA (Hons), BM BCh, MRCPCH, FRCPI, MFFLM, MD is a Consultant Paediatrician, Forensic Physician and Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS) West and Mid-West Ireland based in Galway also called the Hazel Clinic. Her undergraduate training was in Cambridge and Oxford, with post graduate training in Northern Ireland and New Zealand. 

In 2019 Galway was chosen as a pilot site for development of the first Interagency Service for Child Sexual Abuse in Ireland now named Barnahus West. Dr Nelson is delighted to be part of a system within which Forensic Medical and Nurse Examiners integrate with a dedicated Barnahus Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist and Specialist Gardai Interviewers, meeting, planning and sharing information for the assessment, management and support of child victims of sexual abuse and their families, wherein the child’s needs are prioritised.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Member of the RCPCH and Member of, and Examiner for, the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine UK. Dr Nelson acts as an expert medical witness for cases of child abuse and neglect in Northern and Southern Ireland. She is a member of the international Helfer Society which is an honorary society of physicians seeking to provide leadership to enhance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The purpose of the Helfer Society is one endorsed by Dr Nelson to promote education and training in the medical aspects of child abuse and neglect, to advocate for improved resources for research, clinical practice and education, to strengthen research, to promote high ethical standards for practice and research, to establish guidelines for clinical practice, to develop collaborative relationships with other professional organizations, and to emphasize the importance of the field of child abuse and neglect within medicine.



Shaun O’Keeffe MD FRCPI graduated from University College Dublin in 1985. He trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool.  He has been a Consultant Geriatrician and an Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals since 2000.   He is co-chair of the HSE National Consent Policy revision group and of the HSE Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act implementation group.






Deirdra Richardson has worked as a Forensic Clinical Examiner (Clinical Midwife Specialist) in the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) in the Rotunda Hospital since 2009. She started her career as a midwife and progressed on to becoming one of the first nurse/midwifes to graduate to this role.

Deirdra’s day to day role comprises of carrying our Forensic Clinical Examinations on patients over 14yrs both male and female who have been sexually assaulted and also running sexual health clinics during the week. Auditing, research and teaching are also part of the role.

Deirdra has a keen interest in educating secondary school pupils and began a risk reduction programme in secondary schools in 2010. This involves a presentation to students aged 15-18yrs about sexual assault, the dangers, how to stay safe and what happens if someone is sexually assaulted and how to access help. This programme is well received by both students and teachers.

Deirdra has also played an active role in preceptoring SAFE students over the years and finds her work to be stimulating and enjoyable.



Elena Rubio Garcia was was born in Madrid, where she completed training in Paediatrics with a special interest in PEM. Nice memories of stays in Ireland as a young student and a job opportunity brought Elena to Cork before moving to Toronto to complete her training in PEM and Paediatric-Neonatal Transport Medicine at SickKids. It was there that Elena had the opportunity to complete a Master Degree in Bioethics, allowing her to dig into a fascinating field that she hopes to share with her colleagues in the PEM world, now as a newly appointed consultant at Crumlin.




Dr Ir Marc Ruijten studied environmental hygiene at the Agricultural University Wageningen and received a PhD at the University of Amsterdam on occupational neurotoxicology and evaluation of diagnostic methods for peripheral nerve damage. Since 1994 he has been a registered toxicologist and epidemiologist.

At the Municipal Health Service in Rotterdam he worked on medical and public health management of chemical incidents, including health care sector preparedness assessment and epidemiological assessment (for WHO Euro) and risk assessment of chemical emergencies. In the Rotterdam region, he served as a public health advisor hazmat (GAGS), advising public health officials and health care providers on chemical incident management.

At the RIVM he initiated the Centre for Health Consequence Assessment of Disasters and continued building transatlantic collaboration in the field of risk assessment and toxicologically derived Acute Emergency Guideline Values (for OECD, EU JRC and US EPA).

Since 2007 he has been a single practitioner as CrisisTox Consult, supporting public and private parties in the field of chemical risk assessment and crisis management. His activities in the field of health sector preparedness for receiving chemically contaminated patients were merged into the Hazolutions corporation. He is chief hazmat advisor to 5 trauma centres in the Netherlands and develops guidelines, performs training and exercises and advises hospitals on appropriate and proportional hazmat preparedness.

Since 2019 he has been co-owner of a national training center for Emergency Medicine (QT Time). He is course director and European Director for Advanced Hazmat Life Support. Since 2020 he has served as national program manager for COVID-19 testing in the Netherlands.



Marie Tighe has just retired as Project Manager in the HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy. Her areas of responsibility included the revision and oversight of the HSE National Consent Policy, the Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Policy, Advance Care Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives.

Marie held a number of senior management posts both at General Management, Nursing and Programme Management Level in both general and children’s Acute Teaching Hospitals. She has extensive experience of the health and social care system.

Marie has a strong interest in the voice of older person and ensuring the autonomy of a person is preserved for as long as possible.



Sean Walsh qualified with a Medical Degree from University College Dublin in 1981. Having trained in Dublin hospitals, including OLHSC, Crumlin (1983) he gained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1985. He subsequently started his training in the United Kingdom, from 1986 in Liverpool, and rotated through other cities including Newcastle, London and Leeds. He completed his training in the Yorkshire Deanery and was appointed as a Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine with special interest in Paediatrics in 1995 in Leeds. As part of his consultant post he was a Clinical Lead for Emergency Medicine in his NHS Trust. He commenced duties as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in OLCHC, Crumlin in August 2003.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine

He is a Clinical Associate Professor in Trinity College since 2017.

He is the author of several papers, publications and book chapters.

He holds Diplomas in Child Health, in Obstetrics/Gynaecology and in Quality Improvement. He holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology.

Sean acted as Interim Chief Executive of OLCHC for a five month period in 2015. Subsequently he acted as Chief Executive of OLCHC from August 2018. With the legal formation of Childrens Health Ireland in 2019, he has acted in that role as Clinical Director/Site Crumlin Lead in the organization up to the present time.



Ms. Maria Watson is a practicing Barrister specialising in medical law. Prior to joining the Bar Maria spent ten years working in healthcare; five years at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and five years at St. James’s Hospital, which lends to her specialisation. Maria appears regularly in the High Court, in Medical Negligence and Ward of Court cases.

Maria has published extensively on medical legal papers such as standard of care to be applied in professional negligence cases involving cancer screening, and open disclosure. In addition, Maria has spent three years as the Case Reporter for the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland; reporting on recent case law.

Maria has presented and delivered CPD’s to State Agencies, the medical profession and legal profession alike on various topics such as new legislation; Open Disclosure in Patient Safety Incidents and Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act, 2015.

In 2018, Maria was invited to a join an expert group established on behalf of the Bar of Ireland who invited submissions by the Expert Group on Tort Reform and Management of Clinical Negligence Claims, tasked with the reform of clinical negligence cases.

In 2017 Maria was successfully awarded with a legal fellowship sponsored by the Bar of Ireland to work with the Wisconsin Innocence Project, United States of America. This agency has a particular focus on death row and ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ cases where there is particular emphasis on forensic pathology evidence.

For further information on presentations and publications please visit: https://www.lawlibrary.ie/members/ms-maria-watson-bl/



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