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IAPC Board of Directors

The Irish Association for Palliative Care is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.  It is governed  by a Board of Directors, who are elected at its Annual General Meeting. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the the organisation is compliant with statutary obligations and operates within recognised standards of good governance.

The board of directors governs the running of the IAPC, providing their time and skill on a voluntary basis.


Morna O’Hanlon (Chairperson), Research Assistant, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin

Morna O'Hanlon

I am an experienced leader in the field of palliative are nursing, education and palliative care. Over the course of my career, I have developed skills and attributes in the provision of evidence-based palliative care. I hold an excellent academic background in this field, supported by a robust clinical practice in most aspects of palliative care delivery – in-patient hospice care, community and hospital based palliative care in Dublin and Sydney, Australia.

I am an excellent communicator and administrator, and have engaged with key stakeholders within palliative care for example as past Chair of the Education and Research Forum of the Irish Association for Palliative Care and the HSE Clinical Care Programme for Palliative Care. More recently I was a member of the EAPCRN 9th World Research Congress held in Dublin in June 2016. I am currently working as a research assistant on the Community Palliative Care (CPC) and DemPath studies being conducted through Trinity College, Dublin.

I firmly believes that as dying is an inevitability of living, its importance needs to be given equal status within the statutory health care delivery model and is therefore committed to its future development as a board member of the IAPC.



Anne Marie Carroll, Director of Nursing at LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice

I am the Director of Nursing at LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.  I trained initially as an Intellectual Disability Nurse in the U.K.  I hold a Degree in Nursing Management from the RCSI and a Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Risk & Quality from UCD. I have extensive experience in the area of Nursing Management and joining LauraLynn (formerly the Children’s Sunshine Home) in 2006.  I have a special interest in the area of supporting children with profound learning difficulties and accompanying complex medical and healthcare needs, Paediatric Palliative Care and Family Supports.


Dr Coman Hennelly, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital

I am a dual-qualified trainee physician in Palliative Medicine in Ireland. I completed a degree of B.Sc. (Pharmacy) of the National University of Ireland in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007 and subsequently graduated with Honours from the four-year Graduate Entrant to Medicine Program in University College Cork in 2012. After completing Basic Specialist Training in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin I became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2016 and then commenced my current role as a Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine.

I have had broad exposure to all elements of palliative care including specialist inpatient care, community palliative care, paediatric palliative care and palliative care in acute services as well as working with all the stakeholders and groups involved in the provision of palliative care in Ireland. I am an active researcher and educator within palliative care with current research interests including the provision of paediatric palliative care services in Ireland and drug interactions and deprescribing in palliative medicine. I bring my expertise as a trainee physician and as a trained pharmacist as well as representing those currently training in the field in Ireland. I actively use my platform on social media for the promotion of palliative care at home and abroad.


Dr Fiona Kiely (Vice-Chairperson), Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice

Fiona Kiely

I currently hold the position of locum consultant in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork and am PhD student in Palliative Care, Lancaster University, UK.  I obtained my Bachelor of Medicine in University College Cork in 2002. I became a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2009, before completing Higher Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2016.  I hold additional qualifications in Medicine of the Elderly, Clinical Psychiatry, Child Health and Clinical Dermatology awarded by the Royal College of Physician’s in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Cardiff University, UK. My research interests and publications include out-of-hours palliative care, communication networks and symptom control.

Kevin O’Dwyer, Independent mediator and investigator specialising in the healthcare sector

After 24 years as an officer in the Defence Forces, I joined the staff of St. Patrick’s Hospital (now Marymount University Hospital & Hospice) in 1997 as Secretary Manager, a role that expanded within two years to Chief Executive Officer.  During my 17 years in Marymount, the hospital and hospice underwent many significant changes, which included a more than doubling of the number of staff and volunteers, and the relocation of all services to the new purpose-built hospice at Curraheen.

I chaired the 2006 Baseline Study of Palliative Care initiated and funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, and was the Project Manager on the soon-to-be-published Palliative Care Development Framework 2017 – 2019.  I was a director of the Irish Hospice Foundation for seven years, and served on the Policy and Practice Steering Committee of the All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care for three years.

I currently practice as an independent mediator and investigator specialising in the healthcare sector.


Marie Wright, Palliative Care Pharmacist, Milford Hospice

I am a palliative care pharmacist based at Milford Hospice, Limerick. I have worked as a clinical hospital based pharmacist for 15 years and have been working in palliative care for the last 10 years. Previous to that I worked in community pharmacy. I worked in England and Australia before returning to my native Limerick.

I have been involved with the IAPC for many years as part of the IAPC Pharmacists group. I am currently the Chairperson of the group.

I am also a pharmacy representative on the HSE’s National Programme for Palliative Care Working Group.