Founded in 1956

Medico-Legal Society of Ireland

Welcome to the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland

The Medico-Legal Society of Ireland was formed in 1956 with the aim of promoting discussion and understanding between members of the medical, legal and associated professions. Continuing medical and scientific developments create new medico-legal issues. New legislation and legal developments affect medical practice. The professions share common interests and problems and it benefits both to seek a greater understanding of each other’s perspectives on common issues. 

The Society invites speakers to address it on current medico-legal topics and a lively discussion follows each meeting. Members and their guests are also invited to dine (with prior booking) after each meeting. 


Founded in 1956

The Medico-Legal Society of Ireland

Programme for the 64th Session 2019-2020

CPD/The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

Thursday, 26th September 2019 @ 7pm

Programme Launch and Presentation followed by a Reception

Kildare Street and University Club

‘Confusion, Capacity, Coercion: The Limits of Human Rights in Mental Health and Capacity’

Professor Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry TCD and Author


Thursday, 24th October 2019 @ 6pm

Mountjoy Prison, Irish Prison Service, North Circular Road, Dublin 7.

‘Prison Life: Past and Present’

Mr. Edward Mullins, Governor, Mountjoy Prison,

'The Transformative Role of Education in Prison'

Dr. Anne Costelloe, Head Teacher, CDETB Educational Service to the Prisons.

NB : 6pm start to include tour of Prison & Museum.


Wednesday, 27th November 2019 @ 7pm

  The Honorable Society of King’s Inns  

‘Murder Triangle – My New Neighbourhood’

Professor Anthony Cunningham, Medical Director and

Acting Director of Clinical Governance, Galway Clinic


December 2019 - No meeting


Thursday, 16th January 2020 @ 7pm

Kildare Street and University Club

‘Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board – A Personal Reflection and Panel Discussion

Mr. Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill, Chairperson, Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board

Board Members: Ms Nora McGarry- Psychotherapist; Dr Katherine Brown and Dr  Elizabeth Walsh-Consultant Psychiatrists


Saturday, 15th February 2020

Medico-Legal Society Academic Day 2020

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

(Programme to follow)


Thursday, 19th March 2020 @ 7pm [cancelled due to covid -19 pandemic]

Kildare Street and University Club

‘From Carpet Bombing to Sniper Fire: Genomics to Precision Cancer Care in Children and Adolescents’

Prof. Owen Patrick Smith CBE,

Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine UCD; Academic Lead, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI);

Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, CHI at Crumlin; National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent & Young Adult Cancers, NCCP


Saturday, 23rd May 2020 [cancelled due to covid -19 pandemic]

Annual Maytime Gala Dinner (Black-tie)

Kildare Street and University Club


Thursday, 30th June 2020 [rescheduled from 18th June  due to covid -19 pandemic]

  Annual General Meeting of the Society & CPD Lecture

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

‘Wardship A Medico-Legal Perspective’

Ms. Olive Doyle, Partner, Byrne Wallace Solicitors

Lecture @ 3.30 pm  followed by AGM at 4.30 pm - On line 

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