Year of call: 2018
Irish Bar 2012
Doireann’s practice includes all areas of clinical negligence, with a particular focus on birth injuries. These include those sustained by mothers, including third and fourth degree perineal tear injuries, and those sustained by babies including brain damage leading to cerebral palsy and developmental delay.
Doireann has represented a significant number of bereaved families at Inquests into hospital deaths and has vast expertise both in fatal claims and negligently-inflicted psychiatric injury or so-called ‘nervous shock’ claims.
She has written numerous journal articles and is the author of the award-winning legal textbook ‘Medical Negligence and Childbirth’, published by Bloomsbury Professional, the second edition of which was released in January 2021, and can be purchased at this link. Doireann’s second book ‘Medical Inquests’, co-written with Roger Murray and David O’Malley was published in May 2022 and can be purchased at this link.
Doireann is known for her compassionate and empathetic approach to others, making her the choice barrister for victims of medical error.
In the last few years Doireann’s personal mission has been to bring lawyers into closer contact with medical experts and to open up the channels of communication between the two professions through education and continuing professional development. She is recognized for her work for charity and organizations aligned with causes close to her heart including spinal injuries, cancer and sudden cardiac arrest.
Doireann founded the Irish Sepsis Foundation (RCN 20206402) which launched in September 2022 and is the first and only charity providing support to those affected by sepsis in the Republic of Ireland www.sepsisfoundation.ie
She is based in Dublin where she has developed a busy practice since her call to the Bar of Ireland in 2012, acting principally for claimants in clinical disputes. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018 and is a member of the Middle Temple. As of July 2021, Doireann is also an accredited mediator.