Members of the National Haemophilia Council

Members of the National Haemophilia Council (NHC) are appointed by the Minister for Health in accordance with Section 6 of the National Haemophilia Council (Establishment) Order, 2004 (SI No. 451 of 2004).

  • One representative of haemophilia nursing, with an ongoing and specific involvement in the delivery of haemophilia care;
  • One representative of health services management, to be nominated by the Health Board Executive, or other appropriate authority;
  • One representative of the Department of Health and Children, to be nominated by the Minister;
  • Two representatives of the Irish Haemophilia Society, to be nominated by the Society;
  • The National Haemophilia Director.
  • Consultant haematologist with responsibility for paediatric haemophilia at the National Centre.
  • One treating consultant from outside the Dublin area, who treats people with haemophilia, to be nominated by the Irish Haemotology Society.

The following are the current members of the National Haemophilia Council:

Dr. Barry Harrington, Chairperson, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 Eircode D20 N622

Dr. Barry Harrington was born in Dublin, qualified as a Dentist in 1964 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Harrington worked in private dental practice in Northern Ireland and Dublin (1964-1985). In September 1985 he was appointed a Consultant. In 1986 he was appointed as Consultant Dental Surgeon to the National Centre Hereditary Coagulative Disorders attached to St. James’s Hospital. Dr. Harrington became a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Haemophilia Society in 1988 to 2002. Dr. Harrington was a member of the Irish Dental Association (1964- to-date) and was President from 1998 – 1999. After his official retirement in 2004, he continued as a part-time teacher at the DDUH until 2010. Dr. Harrington was reappointed as Chairperson of the National Haemophilia Council by Mr. Simon Harris, Minister for Health in July 2017.

Mr. Michael Conroy, Principal Officer, Cancer, Blood & Organ Policy Unit, Department of Health, Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin D02 XW14.

Michael Conroy is Head of the Cancer, Blood & Organs Policy Unit of the Department of Health. He has worked across a range of Government Ministries in both policy and programme roles. Apart from his current role, the main focus of Michael’s policy work has been in the heritage, industry and illicit drugs areas.

Dr Alison Dougall, Consultant / Assistant Professor, Dublin University Dental Hospital, Lincoln Pl, Dublin 2, D02 F859

Dr Alison Dougall is a Consultant / Assistant Professor of Medically Compromised Patients at the Dublin University Dental Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. She is President of the World Federation for Haemophilia Dental Division and the editor of the “International Association for Disability and Oral Health. She is director of the doctorate programme in special care dentistry at Trinity College Dublin and I’m 2015 she won the HMI health leader award for her work around oral health promotion for people with haemophilia in Ireland.

Dr. Ruth Gilmore, Consultant Haematologist, University Hospital Galway, Newcastle Rd, Galway, H91 YR71

Dr. Ruth Gilmore qualified in 1998 from National University of Ireland, Galway. Subsequently, she did her postgraduate Haematology training in Ireland and did a Masters in Medical Informatics as well as an MD on Thrombin Generation in Trinity College Dublin whilst working at the National Centre Hereditary Coagulation Disorders in St James’s Hospital.

Dr. Gilmore was appointed a Consultant in Haematology to Galway University Hospital in 2011. Her research interests include rare bleeding disorders, thrombin generation and the use of computers in Health Care. Her areas of special responsibility are Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Obstetric Haematology and Paediatric Haematology. Dr. Gilmore was reappointed to the Council in July 2016.

Ms. Debbie Greene, Administrator, Irish Haemophilia Society, First Floor, Cathedral Court, New Street, Dublin 8, D08 VH64

Ms. Debbie Greene joined the Irish Haemophilia Society in 2003. Ms. Greene is the Administrator of the Society having taken up the role in May 2009. Ms. Greene oversees the day to day running of the office including the organization of Information Days, Regional Meetings and Conferences, Staffing, Event Management, the Website and is the Editor of all Irish Haemophilia Society Publications. Ms. Greene is a member of the Irish Haemostasis Research Foundation and is also involved with the World Federation of Hemophilia Twinning Program. Ms. Greene represents the Society at various Comprehensive Care Centre Team Meetings.

Dr. Beatrice Nolan, Consultant Haematologist, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin 12, D12 N512

Dr. Beatrice Nolan was appointed as a Consultant Haematologist to St James’s Hospital in 2001. In 2018 Dr. Nolan was appointed full-time Lead Consultant Haematologist for paediatric haemophilia and allied bleeding disorders at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin with a national remit.

Mr. Brian O’Mahony, Chief Executive, Irish haemophilia Society, Cathedral Court, New Street, Dublin 8, D08 VH64

Brian represents the Society as Vice Chair of the Haemophilia Product Selection and Monitoring Advisory Board established by the Minister in 2002. He previously served as Chair of the Irish Haemophilia Society for 17 years and as President of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) for 10 years.

Brian continues to work as a volunteer with WFH. Among his activities are writing, advocating, facilitating training on strategic planning, national procurement systems, and lobbying. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences. He also has professional qualifications in occupational health and safety and in management. Brian O’Mahony has severe Haemophilia B.

Dr David Vaughan, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Children’s. Hospital Group, Block A Herberton, St James’s Walk, Rialto, Dublin 8

Dr David Vaughan is the Director of Quality and Safety and a Consultant Respiratory Pediatrician in the Children’s Hospital Group. He previously worked as the Executive Director of Quality and patient Safety at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, the Director of Leadership, Quality and Safety at the Royal College of Physicians and a Consultant Pediatrician and Respiratory Pediatrician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Dr. Vaughan was appointed to the Council on the 1st July, 2017.

Dr Cleona Duggan, Consultant Haematologist, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork

Dr Cleona Duggan MB, MRCP (Edin) FFPath FRCPath was born in the US and grew up in Dublin. She attended University College Cork where she studied medicine. After graduation she did her basic specialist training in Dublin and London. She returned to Dublin to do higher specialist training in Haematology (Clinical and Laboratory) and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1997, and Fellowship in 2005. She was awarded Fellowship of the faculty of Pathology, Royal College of Physicians on 2000. She works as a Consultant Haematologist with special interest in Haemostasis and Thrombosis at Cork University Hospital and University College Cork. She has held this post since 2010. She shares the responsibility for the delivery of care to people with Hereditary Bleeding Disorders at the Cork Comprehensive Care Centre.

Dr Niamh O’Connell, Consultant Haematologist, National Coagulation Centre, St. James’s Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8

Dr Niamh O’Connell is National Haemophilia Director at the National Coagulation Centre (NCC), St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Having returned to Ireland in 2004 following specialist training in Haemostasis and Thrombosis the UK, Dr O’Connell joined the NCC as Consultant Haematologist in 2010 and took on the role of Director of the NCC in 2018. The NCC is the lead comprehensive care centre for adults in Ireland and is a hub for clinical services, research, training and education in disorders of haemostasis on a national basis. The NCC, working in partnership with the two other Comprehensive Care Centres in Ireland and with the Irish Haemophilia Society, is committed to delivering high quality and safe healthcare and to promoting healthy living for people and their families living with Haemophilia and other coagulation disorders. Dr O’Connell’s research interests include clinical trials in novel therapies for Haemophilia, clinical outcomes in Haemophilia and application of information technology solutions in the management of Haemophilia.

Ms Ann O’Sullivan, Clinical Nurse Manager, National Coagulation Centre, St. James’s Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8

Ms Ann O Sullivan completed her general nurse training in the Meath Hospital in 1980. She started working in St. James’s Hospital in 1982 and worked in a variety of surgical wards including those with vascular and oesophageal specialities. Ann moved to the National Coagulation Centre in 1998. Along with her colleagues in OLCHC she developed the Transition Clinic where adolescents work towards their transition to the adult service in St. James’s Hospital with dedicated clinics in both OLCHC and St. James’s Hospital. Ann has seen many changes in the treatment of haemophilia with the introduction of the extended half-life factor concentrates.