Executive Accountability & Parliamentary Democracy, 26 March 2011

Speaker profiles

Catherine McGuinness is a former Supreme Court Judge. She was President of the Law Reform Commission from 2005-2011.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the School of Law, NUI Galway, having been appointed in 2005.

Emily O’Reilly was appointed, on 11th June 2009, to a second six year term as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner. As Ombudsman, Ms. O’Reilly is also an ex-officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Referendum Commission, the Constituency Commission and the Commission for Public Service Appointments. In May 2007, following the introduction of the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations which transposed Directive 2003/4/EC into Irish law, Ms. O’Reilly was assigned the additional role of Commissioner for Environmental Information

Catherine Allen is a partner in the public and administrative law team of Mason Hayes+Curran. Catherine has over 10 years’ experience advising on matters of administrative and public law, including judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals.  She is legal adviser to many public bodies.

Donncha O’Connell teaches Constitutional Law, European Human Rights and Processes of Law Reform in the School of Law, NUI Galway. He is the Editor of the Irish Human Rights Law Review (published by Clarus Press) and was, from 2005-2008, Dean of Law at NUI Galway.

Dr. Elaine Byrne is a journalist, consultant and political analyst and lectures at Trinity College Dublin on Comparative Political Reform. Her first book, A Crooked Harp: Political Corruption in Ireland 1800-2010, will be published by Manchester University Press in Spring 2011.