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Staff impact in the spotlight as UCC School of Law launches new podcast series

28 Jul 2021

The new series features interviews with School of Law faculty members, focusing on the resounding impact of their work across a broad range of areas in the public policy sphere.

The first episode is an interview with Professor Irene Lynch Fannon about her fascinating and timely work as Chair of the Insolvency Sub-Committee of the Company Law Review Group, a government body which advises the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the review and development of company law in Ireland. The interview was expertly conducted by Michael Boland, a PhD candidate at the School whose thesis on ethical corporations is being supervised by Professor Lynch Fannon.

In this episode, Professor Lynch Fannon discusses how she came to be a member of the Company Law Review Group and outlines its work programme, in particular that of the Insolvency Sub-Committee which she chairs. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been felt keenly by businesses across Ireland, and this interview considers issues including small business rescue and the liquidation of group entities such as the high-profile Debenhams case. Professor Lynch Fannon also explains how the work of bodies like the CLRG goes onto inform legislation, such as the Companies (Miscelleneous Provisions) COVID 19 Act 2020 and the Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Act 2021 which was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on July 22nd, 2021.  In the interview she discusses the important role that academics play through their involvement with public service and policy formation.

Commenting ahead of the launch of the UCC School of Law Impact Series, Professor Irene Lynch Fannon, Vice Dean for External Engagement and Alumni Relations said:

I am delighted to be part of the UCC School of Law IMPACT series, designed to present our research which has a significant impact on public policy, legislation and legal developments in Ireland and indeed further afield. This work is an important reflection of our mission statement ‘Shaping a Just Society for all’.

The Impact Series is available to listen as part of the wider UCC School of Law podcast, which is on Spotify, Apple, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.

Listen to episode one now:

Upcoming episodes include a conversation with Professor Mary Donnelly about her current public service work in relation to health capacity law including her role as Chair of the Expert Technical Group to develop Codes of Practice for the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and an interview with Professor Conor O’Mahony about his work on child protection including as Government appointed Special Rapporteur on Child Protection. There will also be a special episode featuring a selection of UCC School of Law PhD students discussing the impact that they hope their research will make for civil society in the future.


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