Irish Women Lawyers Association

IWLA Committee & Sub-Committees

The Hon. Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness

The Hon. Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness

President

Maeve Delargy

Maeve Delargy

Chairperson

Maeve Delargy graduated from University College Dublin in 2009 with a BCL (European) degree having spent a year in Paris on Erasmus. She qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and is now an Associate in the Environment & Planning Group at Arthur Cox. Maeve has served on the IWLA committee since 2015.  

Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith

Vice Chairperson

Cathy, a graduate of the University of Limerick (Law and European Studies) was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1997 where she practises in commercial and employment law. Prior to practising at the bar, Cathy held a number of in-house company law roles including BDO and Smurfit group. She has been a member of IWLA since 2016.

Fiona McNulty

Fiona McNulty

Fiona McNulty LLB was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2016. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she is an Associate at Mason Hayes & Curran. Fiona has completed a Higher Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime, and is a registered Legal Irish Practitioner on Clár na Gaeilge (An Dlí-Chumann) and the Irish Language Register (Law Society of Ireland). She is a member of the IWLA Committee since 2015, and is also a member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Younger Members Committee.

Aoife McNicholl

Aoife McNicholl

A native of Limavady, Aoife graduated from Ulster University in 2012 with a L.L.B. Honours degree in Law & Politics. Following graduation, she volunteered with the Committee on the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland working on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry. Aoife joined Sheehan & Partners in November 2012.

Aoife qualified as a solicitor in December 2017. Aoife works primarily in the areas of Criminal Defence, Civil Litigation, Judicial Review and Prisoner Litigation, and has substantial High Court experience in the field of Prison Law.

Rosemarie Hayden

Rosemarie Hayden

Rosemarie graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 with a BA (Political Science) degree and furthered her legal studies at post-graduate level at DIT. She qualified as a solicitor in 2015 after 15 years in a variety of in-house legal positions and now works in the Law Society of Ireland supporting trainee solicitors. Rosemarie has a strong interest in corporate governance having served on a variety of boards internationally. She joined the IWLA committee in 2018.

Ciara Hanley

Ciara Hanley

Ciara Hanley is a graduate of NUI, Galway (Bachelor of Corporate Law, LLB) and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. She spent ten years practising in Dublin and now works with Caldwell & Robinson Solicitor in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Aisling Mulligan

Aisling Mulligan

Aisling has been a practising barrister since 2013. Her practice extends into a number of diverse fields including medical law, mental health, health and social care law.

Aisling holds an MSC in Healthcare Ethics and Law from RCSI and was the recipient of the prestigious Catherine McGuiness fellowship, awarded by the Bar of Ireland, in 2017. Aisling joined the IWLA committee in 2018.

Dr. Mary Tumelty

Dr. Mary Tumelty

Dr. Mary Tumelty (LLB, PhD, PGCert) is a lecturer in the School of Law, University College Cork. Prior to this, Mary held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, where she collaborated with colleagues in the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland to investigate the existence and extent of defensive medical practices among surgeons. Dr. Tumelty has also acted as a research consultant to the Quality and Improvement Division, HSE. More recently, Mary attended the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School where she completed a certificate in Advanced Mediation: “Mediating Complex Disputes”. She has presented her research, and authored journal articles and book chapters on torts, medical law, ADR, and empirical legal research, nationally and internationally. Her work has also been funded by the Irish Research Council. ‍She joined the IWLA Committee in 2019.

Aisling Gannon

Aisling Gannon

Aisling Gannon was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 1998. She is a Partner and Head of Healthcare with global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, where she is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) lead. She joined the IWLA Committee in 2018.

Jane McGowan

Jane McGowan

Jane McGowan, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2012. She practices criminal law, human rights law and administrative law. Jane is a lecturer-at-law teaching a variety of subjects including ‘criminal law’, ‘evidence’, ‘miscarriages of justice’ and ‘tort law’ at Griffith College, Dublin. She is a lecturer in ‘criminal practice and procedure’ on the Barrister-at-Law Degree course in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Jane is the Chairperson of the Irish Criminal Bar Association and a Senior Supervising Lawyer with the Irish Innocence Project, too. Jane joined the IWLA committee in 2016.

Anne Conlon

Anne Conlon

Anne Conlon has been a practising barrister since 2017, working in the area of general practice, she specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, personal injury law, and company law.

Anne has a strong research background and holds an LLM in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights from the University of Keele (UK), an MA in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin, and an MSc in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  In addition, Anne holds qualifications in employment law and data protection law.

Prior to practising at the Bar Anne had a career in healthcare management.

Alison Mitchell

Alison Mitchell

A graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway (Bachelor of Corporate Law) and University College Dublin, (LLM, European Law), Alison Mitchell was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2009.  Having qualified and worked as a corporate lawyer with top tier law firms, Matheson and Maples & Calder, Alison moved in-house and is now General Counsel and Company Secretary with humanitarian agency, GOAL.  With a background in corporate law, Alison also has a strong interest in corporate governance and compliance.