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Meet The Board

In accordance with the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995, the Board is made up of a chairperson and twelve ordinary members. The then Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, announced the appointment of a new Board on the 8th November 2016 with a term of office to end on the 1 November 2021. In keeping with the Government’s policy, the appointments were dealt with through the Public Appointments Service portal www.stateboards.ie.

The Chairperson is Mr Philip O'Leary, consulting solicitor with FitzGerald Solicitors, Cork. The other members serving on the Board are:

  • Thomas Brennan, Chartered Accountant
  • Nuala Jackson, Senior Counsel
  • Gordon Jeyes, former Chief Executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency
  • Maurice Lawlor, Officer of the Minister for Social Protection
  • Freda McKittrick, Assistant Director, Barnardos
  • Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Former CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; Adjunct Professor, UL School of Law
  • Michael O'Connell, Legal Aid Board staff representative
  • Nuala Egan, Barrister at Law (appointed on the 21st February 2017)
  • Rachel Woods, Officer of the Minister for Justice and Equality (appointed 24th September 2019)
  • Eoin Dormer, Officer of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (appointed 9th December 2019)
  • Betty Dinneen, Legal Aid Board staff representative (appointed 9th December 2019)
  • Catherine Keane, Solicitor with Cartoon Saloon (appointed 9th June 2020)