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  • Professor Mary Donnelly’s healthcare research interests include capacity and consent across many different contexts; end of life care/death; and the relationship between legal and medical systems.
  • Professor Deirdre Madden teaches and researches in the area of patient safety, professional regulation, the doctor-patient relationship, the Irish healthcare system, medical ethics.
  • Dr Claire Murray’s research focuses on gender, autonomy, capacity and relationality. She is particularly interested in raising questions and developing thinking around the gendered impacts of mental health and capacity frameworks and interrogating issues relating to capacity and consent in pregnancy and childbirth. She is Principal Investigator for the Ethics, Law and Pregnancy in Ireland Network (EPLIN).
  • Dr Seán Lucey has an extensive academic background in medical humanities and history including the history of public health, comparative and regional health systems, health inequalities and residential/institutional welfare and care.
  • Dr Mary Tumelty has research interests in the areas of medical law, tort law, and alternative dispute resolution. She is particularly interested in legal and regulatory responses to medical error, and patient safety.
  • Dr Darius Whelan researches and teaches on Mental Health Law.  He runs a regular conference at UCC on mental health and legal capacity.  He is President of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association.

PhD Students

  • Luke Noonan’s thesis is entitled Reforming Mental Condition Defences and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System in light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Supervisors: Dr Catherine O'Sullivan and Dr Darius Whelan
  • Ann Lynch is researching in the area of healthcare decision-making for adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. Supervisors: Professor Mary Donnelly and Dr Claire Murray
  • Joanna Ralston’s thesis is entitled How should the voice of the child be heard in mental healthcare? Participation, Autonomy & Best Interests. Supervisors: Professor Mary Donnelly and Dr Claire Murray
  • Caroline Somers’s PhD adopts a systems theory approach to examine end-of-life decision-making in infants and young children. Supervisor: Professor Mary Donnelly



Graduation of Dr Katherine Wade with her supervisors Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Professor Deirdre Madden. 


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