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External Consultative Panel

The Legal Aid Board (“the Board”) established a Consultative Panel a number of years ago. The terms of reference are as follows:

    1. To provide a forum to enable the Board to keep stakeholders informed and updated on relevant developments in the areas in which the Board has an interest;
    2. To facilitate stakeholders to provide feedback and assistance to the Board on the Board’s services from the perspective and informed position of the stakeholder.

Conduct of business

The Panel will operate on the following basis:

    1. The Panel will engage through formal meetings three times a year with further engagement as required;
    2. At each meeting the Panel Chairperson will provide a service delivery update on the business of the Board. The Panel will be chaired by Joan Crawford, CEO of the Board and Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, or by his nominee;
    3. The Secretary to the Panel will post the agreed agenda and agreed minutes of each meeting on the Board’s website; and
    4. All correspondence in relation to the business of the Panel will be conducted through the Secretary to the Panel.  

Composition and membership of the Panel

The External Consultative Panel consists of the following members:

  • Ms Joan Crawford, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Board
  • Ms Julie Ahern, Children's Rights Alliance
  • Ms Deirdre O'Donohoe, Law Library/ Council of the Bar of Ireland
  • Mr Bobby Barbour, Citizens Information Board
  • Ms Eilis Barry, FLAC
  • Ms Sarah Benson, Women's Aid
  • Ms Saoirse Brady, Children's Rights Alliance
  • Mr Brian Collins, Irish Refugee Council
  • Mr Martin Collins, Pavee Point
  • Ms Mary Condell, Sage Advocacy
  • Ms Sandra Conway, National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Ms Catherine Cosgrove, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Ms Gillian Dennehy, Women’s Aid
  • Dr Fiona Donson, Traveller Education Justice Project – UCC
  • Mr Paul Dornan, Mercy Law
  • Mr Allen Dunne, Disability Federation
  • Ms Aedamair Gallagher, Law Library/ Council of the Bar of Ireland
  • Ms Edel Hackett, Safe Ireland
  • Ms Mary Henderson, Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Ms Siun Hurley, O’Donovan Murphy Solicitors/ Law Society
  • Ms Monica Hynds, Barnardos
  • Mr Paul Joyce, FLAC
  • Ms Aoife Kelly Desmond, Mercy Law
  • Ms Karen Kiernan, One Family
  • Dr Amie Lajoie, MABS
  • Ms Jane O'Sullivan, Community Law and Mediation
  • Ms Stephaine Lord, FLAC
  • Ms Katie Mannion, Irish Refugee Council
  • Ms Johanna Martyn, MABS
  • Ms Susan McCormack, National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Ms Andrea McDermott, Men’s Aid
  • Ms Mary McDermott, Safe Ireland
  • Ms Sinéad McGarrigle, Mercy Law
  • Ms Geralyn McGarry, Citizens Information Board
  • Ms Ciara Murphy, Law Library/ Council of the Bar of Ireland
  • Mr Seán Ó hUallacháin S.C., Council of the Bar of Ireland
  • Ms Joan O’Mahony, Law Society and O’Mahony’s Solicitors
  • Mr Ger O’Brien, MABS
  • Ms Orla O’ Connor National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Mr Damien Peelo, Treoir
  • Ms Edel Quinn, Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Ms Gayle Smith, Treoir
  • Ms Susan Shanahan, Citizens Information Board
  • Ms Linda Smith, Women’s Aid
  • Mr Dermot Sreenan, MABS
  • Ms Rose Wall, Community Law and Mediation
  • Ms Eavan Ward, Women’s Aid
  • Ms Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Ms Samantha Williams, Traveller Education Justice Project – UCC
  • Ms Fiona Wright, Courts Service
  • Ms Niamh McGuinness, Secretary to the Panel, Legal Aid Board


In light of the requirement for transparency under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 the Board will provide the following information on its website:

    1. The Name of the Chairperson of the Panel / details of employing Organisation
    2. Name of Members / details of employing Organisation
    3. Whether any non-public servant members were previously designated public officials 
    4. Terms of Reference of the Panel
    5. Agenda of each meeting
    6. Minutes of each meeting

Minutes of Previous Meetings

In accordance with the terms of reference of the Panel, agreed minutes of previous meetings are available to download here.

July 2022 (MS Word Download)

April 2022 (MS Word Download)

January 2022 (MS Word Download)

October 2021 (MS Word Download)

June 2021 (MS Word Download)

February 2021 (MS Word Download)

October 2020 (MS Word Download)

September 2020 (MS Word Download)

July 2020 (MS Word Download)

April 2020 (MS Word Download)

January 2020 (MS Word Download)

July 2019 (MS Word Download)

March 2019 (MS Word Download)

November 2018 (MS Word Download)

July 2018 (MS Word Download)

March 2018 (MS Word Download)

November 2017 (MS Word download)

July 2017 (MS Word download)

March 2017 (MS Word download)