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Midwifery Student's Initiative Supporting Women with Hearing Loss - Sharon Touhey

As a third year student midwife, I have had the opportunity to share an incredibly special life experience with many women and their partners. Although a hugely positive experience in most case, one thing which struck me was how difficult these experiences may be when faced with communication barriers. With that thought, I started to learn Irish Sign Language. As I learnt to sign, I developed a real love for the language but also learnt the huge lack of Deaf Awareness within our society and so SignForFun was developed. SignForFun is a Non-Profit organization developed to raise Deaf Awareness and to promote Irish Sign Language. With huge excitement, I launched our website in January of this year at which includes many blogs sharing families stories and peoples experiences within healthcare, along with games, videos and so much more.

I have been so lucky to receive so much support since the organization has been launched, including the support of many Irish celebrities like Tommy Tiernan, The Script, Bobby Kerr, The High Kings, The Irish Football team and so many more.

As a newly launched organization, I'm sure it will remain a 'work in progress' for the coming months but by sharing experiences and raised awareness, it highlights the huge communication barriers in place presently and I can only hope in time this is patched over.

Sharon Touhey

Open Day 2013

Trinity College Open Day was held on Saturday 7 December, 9am-3pm. Over 700 people visited the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D'Olier Street, where there were presentations on nursing and midwifery, skills demonstrations and the opportunity to speak to our staff and current students. The School also had an information stand in The Biomedical Sciences Institute along with the other Schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"Ghoul of Nursing and Midwifery"

You will be delighted to know that the grand total raised from the "Ghoul of Nursing and Midwifery Spooktacular" held 31st October 2013 is euro 655.

The money raised will go towards the children and their families under the care of the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght.

Many thanks to all involved, your donations are very much appreciated.

Highly Commended award for Dr Orla Dempsey with Ms Catherine O'Brien for their work entitled 'A Febrile Neutropenia Risk Assessment Tool'

Last night at the London ceremony for the UK's Quality in Care (QIC): Oncology award Dr Orla Dempsey with Ms Catherine O'Brien from St James Hospital Dublin with their work entitled 'A Febrile Neutropenia Risk Assessment Tool' were shortlisted to within the top four projects from a group of 22 and received a Highly Commended award. This work was conducted through the joint research initiative between the Directorate of Nursing at St James Hospital and The Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin.

The QIC programme recognises, rewards and shares good oncology healthcare practice, and is supported by partners in industry, NHS and charities. This diverse partnership helps to increase the outreach of the programme and share good practice with a wider audience.

Each entry was reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of eminent oncology professionals, and representatives from cancer patient groups, and industry. There were nine different categories specifically aimed at professionals from diverse fields within oncology (clinical practice, research and the not-for-profit/charitable sector). All categories support one or more of the domains as defined by the NHS Outcomes Framework 2013/14 to help the health and care system to focus on measuring outcomes.

The initiatives had be well thought-out, have a demonstrable impact on clinical practice, show innovation and contribute to the optimisation of service delivery, ultimately benefiting people with cancer. Judges favour projects that demonstrate results that have quality and/or efficiency benefits which are scalable, thereby having a greater impact than their initial focus.

Tell Me About: 'Irish Insanity - The Excessive Use of Mental Hospitals in Ireland'.

Presenter: Dr Damien Brennan, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Damien Brennan trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Ireland. He undertook his PhD at the Department of Sociology Trinity College Dublin, which detailed and critiqued mental hospital use in Ireland. He is Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin where his teaching and research are focused on the Sociology of Health and Illness, particularly Mental Health.

Academics from the School of Nursing and Midwifery involved in European Collaboration on Masters Level E-Learning Development.

Professor Agnes Higgins, Dr Louise Doyle and Dr Brian Keogh and have been successful in their joint application with seven partner institutions across Europe, in securing funds to develop an e-learning package aimed specifically at mental health nurses who wish to develop their knowledge in three key areas. The project known as 'eMenthe' will begin by consulting with key stakeholders across Europe, to elicit their views on the key knowledge, skills and personal values that are required by mental health nurses in a number of areas. Based on this information, the learning materials will be developed and available to Masters level students as part of their academic programmes. This will lead to consistency across all partner institutions and more importantly, learning materials that are based on the needs and experiences of key mental health stakeholders including service users and their families. The three themes on which the elearning materials will be based on are:

  • Recovery and Social Inclusion
  • Mental Health Promotion & Prevention
  • Working with Families and carers

School of Nursing and Midwifery Academics Invited by Santrust to Participate in a Workshop on Nursing Sciences in Durban, South Africa

Dr. Elizabeth A. Curtis, Dr. Jan de Vries, Professor Catherine Comiskey and Dr. Fintan Sheerin (unable to attend) from the School of Nursing and Midwifery were invited by the Chief Executive of Santrust to attend a workshop to develop a Nursing Sciences Leadership Curriculum for South African and other global partners and to refine a proposal for a research study that Santrust will undertake. Santrust, a registered educational trust in South Africa has a track record in enhancing doctoral education and research in several sectors including Health and Nursing Sciences. It hosts several programmes and has been participating in higher education since 1997. Santrust has worked with academics from South Africa and Ireland as part of their signed agreement with the Irish African Partnership (IAP) project which is funded by Irish Aid and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Among its key objectives is to contribute to Africa's higher education and respond to local challenges in research and leadership development.
The meeting took place in Durban on the 19th and 20th August 2013. The workshop comprised of plenary sessions and work groups and its main purpose was to expand knowledge of and niche strategies for Nursing Sciences. In setting the scene for the workshop discussions on a potential Nursing Leadership Programme, Professor Sarah Howie (University of Pretoria) provided a synopsis of the structure and content of the Santrust pre-doctoral programme on the morning of the first day. Professor Howie is a well-regarded scholar in education and was instrumental in setting up the Santrust Academic Advisory Committee. This was followed by a series of presentations by the TCD academics: Dr. Elizabeth Curtis, Dr. Jan de Vries, Professor Catherine Comiskey and others including Professor Marian Jacobs (Head of South Africa's Academy for Leadership and Management, Department of Health, South Africa). A key issue to emerge from the discussions was the need to continue to improve patient and client care outcomes. The afternoon session included a panel discussion regarding South Africa's response to developing Nursing Leadership.
The second day commenced with presentations and discussions about the comparative research study between Ireland and South Africa. Break-out sessions focused on (a) Nursing Leadership Curriculum (Dr. Elizabeth Curtis and Dr. Jan de Vries) and (b) Comparative Research Study (Professor Catherine Comiskey). The second day of the workshop concluded with a closing plenary and a thank you by the Chief Executive Officer of Santrust Professor Anshu Padayachee.
In concluding, the academics from the School of Nursing and Midwifery were honoured to be invited to this prestigious and important event and are grateful to Professor Anshu Padayachee and Ms. Charmaine Williamson from Santrust for inviting them to the workshop. Some useful insights were gained from the discussions and interactions and several recommendations were put forward for taking the work forward. Finally, we wish to thank our hosts for their wonderful hospitality and look forward to working with them again in the future.

2nd Annual Career and Recruitment Event

On Tuesday 10th September, the School of Nursing and Midwifery Alumni Committee hosted the 2nd annual career event for Junior and Senior Sophister Nursing and Midwifery students. This included presentations by two Alumni; Susan Kent (Regional Specialist for Child Health and Immunisation for Dublin North East) shared the inspiring story of her career journey to date and Lianne Noonan described her first year in practice as a registered nurse and offered advice to new registrants.

Other presenters were Sean Gannon from the TCD Careers Advisory Service and John Dillon from the TCD Alumni Office and both highlighted the supports and resources available to College Alumni. There were ten recruitment companies in attendance and the Careers Advisory Service also conducted a CV clinic for attendees, which was evaluated very positively.

Many entry routes into Nursing & Midwifery in TCD

Getting enough points in your leaving certificate is not the only way of securing a place on a nursing or midwifery course in TCD. Did you know that there are other routes into nursing and Midwifery? A number of our students have been offered places through other routes.

These include:
Mature entry
Trinity Access Programme

In fact we have quotas assigned to these other categories to ensure a diverse mix of students on our programmes.

Congratulations to Junior Freshmen Psychiatric Nursing Students

Congratulations to Niamh Barry, Zara Griffith, Rebecca Durham and Michaela Kinsella (Junior Freshmen Psychiatric Nursing Students) who received a student award for the best poster at the Annual Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Conference held in Athlone Institute of Technology on the 6th June. The title of the poster was "The Influence of Gender on the Patterns of Mental Health and Well Being/Mental Distress". The students were mentored by Padraig McBennett, Mental Health Clinical Tutor in preparing the abstract and poster.

Eadhbhard O'Callaghan Memorial Prize awarded to Dr Brian Merriman

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) brings together professionals from a range of disciplines with a shared interest in mental health. ACAMH has a branch in Ireland which hosts an annual research conference, and in May 2013 it was hosted by the Trinity Education Centre at St James's Hospital. As part of the conference, the ACAMH Youth Mental Health Special Interest Group offers the Eadhbhard O'Callaghan Memorial Prize, and this year it was awarded to Dr Brian Merriman for his presentation entitled '"These kids fall between too many stools": Professionals' views on the mental health needs of children and young people in the care and youth justice systems', along with co-authors and CRNINI members Roisín Webb, Dr Rosaleen McElvaney, and Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden.

Postgraduate Student Grants for Research

Potential PhD candidates are invited to apply for research grants. The application process for research grants for postgraduate students is open and applications are welcome.

School of Nursing and Midwifery Hosts Mental Health Conference that Highlights Importance of Mutual Help and Community in People's Recovery from 'Serious Mental Illness'

A special conference of the GROW mental health organisation opened by President Michael D. Higgins and supported by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Mental Health Commission took place last week (January 11th). 'GROWing towards recovery: a re-enchantment with life' was the theme of the conference that aimed to increase knowledge and awareness of the recovery model and mental health; the importance of community in mental health and the role of reciprocal relationships and mutual help organisations in mental health recovery.

Speakers included Dr Peter Lehmann, Founder of Runaway House, Berlin and Dr Rita Charon, Founder of the School of Narrative Medicine, Columbia University. Dr Mike Watts, TCD PhD graduate of the School of Nursing and Midwifery as well as author of the research 'Recovery as a re- enchantment with life' presented at the conference.

Dr Watts' research is based on the experiences of 26 Irish adults aged from 30-70, all of whom chose to embark on a peer support 'Recovery' route towards addressing their 'illness'.

Of the 26 subjects interviewed in the study, just under half had in the past been diagnosed with 'lifelong' conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Other diagnoses included chronic depression, personality disorder and acute anxiety. Over 60% had been hospitalised between one and ten times and all 26 had been prescribed medication.

"Having being treated within traditional psychiatric services, these people then sought mutual help through the GROW organisation which uses a '12 Steps' programme alongside peer community support as a path to recovery. GROW works on the basis that 'mental illness' is facilitated through learned habits of thinking and acting which can also be unlearned," said Dr Watts.

"The study highlights the importance of mutual help and peer support in people's recovery journey, and will act as a point of inspiration and hope for other people with similar diagnosis. It also supports the growing view that when it comes to 'mental illness', drugs should be limited to stabilising roles in emergency situations rather than prescribed over a lifetime," he added.

Dr Watts is himself a recovered 'mental illness' sufferer who has successfully pursued the "Recovery" path. A qualified mental health practitioner and family therapist, he produced his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Agnes Higgins of School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD.

Dr Eddie Molloy, chairperson of Mental Health Reform, commenting on the study stressed the importance of the findings in the context of the current drive to transform mental health services from a medical to a recovery ethos.  

Dr Peter Lehman delivered a paper entitled: 'Recovery by Taking Psychiatric Drugs Versus Recovery By Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs' and Dr Rita Charon's paper was titled 'The Self-Telling Body, or the Reciprocal Recognition of Narrative Medicine'

A panel discussion was also chaired by broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne.

Navigating Leadership in Difficult Times: Health Care Professionals in Ireland

On Thursday 12th September 2013, the School of Nursing and Midwifery hosted a seminar entitled Navigating Leadership in Difficult Times: Health Care Professionals in Ireland. The Seminar was organised by Dr. Elizabeth Curtis, a small team of academics and researchers and the school's event officer Ms. Jeni Ryan. This well-attended event commenced approximately five years ago and has since become a regular feature in the School's annual calendar, which is not surprising given the importance of leadership in health care and the continued interest shown by delegates over the years. The purpose of hosting this one-day seminar is to provide an opportunity for health care professionals to explore important issues in leadership and to assist them in improving their skills, knowledge and work-based practices. The seminar programme included topics such as Gender, Empowerment and Equality Opportunities; Lessons from Industry - Leadership and Motivation Matters in times of Strategic Change; Leading Health Care Quality - Risk and Patient Safety- where to now? Workforce Planning - A Solution for Health Care Professionals and Leaders; Skills for Leading Health Care in the 21st Century, and Leadership Teamwork and Hierarchies. Speakers included senior academics from third level intuitions in the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, senior personnel from industry, and senior nurse clinicians/managers including the President of the Royal College of Nursing, England.

Evaluations by delegates were outstanding. Many reported high satisfaction with the content of the programme and the excellent team of speakers – comments such as "would attend the same day all over again”, seminar “inspiring, gave me a lift as things at work are considerably difficult at present – I feel more positive". The seminar "was appropriate in the times that we are in, it gave me ideas about how to empower and inspire my work colleagues". As an organiser, it is wonderful to receive such feedback and it reinforces my views and beliefs that leadership is indeed central to moving nursing and midwifery forward.

In concluding, I would like to thank Professor Agnes Higgins for the welcome address and Professor Catherine Comiskey for summing up the seminar succinctly. I would also like to thank the many nurses and midwives who attended the seminar: it is their continued support that makes the seminar successful.

Report Prepared by Elizabeth A. Curtis

Two Speakers from Enable Ireland Spoke to the Junior Freshman Nursing Class

Two individuals from Enable Ireland, Mr. Stephen Kavanagh and Ms. Nadine Lattimore came to speak to the Junior Freshman nursing class on October 8th 2013. The aim of this session was to raise awareness about communication needs of people attending healthcare services in Ireland. The session also aimed to raise awareness about disability, and the needs of people with disability. The session was very well attended with more than 200 students taking part. Both speakers were excellent, and really demonstrated how we as nurses need to always remember to take a person centred approach to communication. Speakers raised awareness of things that could be done to enhance the healthcare experience using key communication skills. Thank you to our two speakers, their families, Enable Ireland and Enable Ireland Manager, Ms. Siobhan Long, for making this event possible.

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin Awards Ceremony 2012-13

On Wednesday 20th November 2013, the School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony for the Academic Year 2012-13. The School established the Student Awards in order to celebrate the academic achievements of our students.

In 2012/13 a total of 32 awards were presented to the School's top students across a wide range of courses. The recipients of the awards were:

Programme / Year

Student Name

BSc (Cur) / Children's and General (Integrated) Degree: Junior Freshman

General Nursing

Norton, Erica

Psychiatric Nursing

Colgan Shane

Intellectual Disability Nursing
(Discipline and overall year winner)

Weedle, Suzanna

Children's and General Nursing

Sutton, Emma

BSc (Cur) / Children's and General (Integrated) Degree: Senior Freshman

General Nursing
(Discipline and overall year winner)

Ford, Graham

Psychiatric Nursing

O'Reilly Brigid

Children's and General Nursing

Ward, Niamh

BSc (Cur) / Children's and General (Integrated) Degree: Junior Sophister

General Nursing

McHugh, Cathal

Psychiatric Nursing

Villanueva, Jerimaeh

Intellectual Disability Nursing
(Discipline and overall year winner)

Fisher, Michelle

Children's and General Nursing

Horan, Claire

BSc (Cur) / Children's and General (Integrated) Degree: Senior Sophister

General Nursing

Long, Catherina

Psychiatric Nursing
(Discipline and overall year winner)

Osei-Bonsu, Shirley

Intellectual Disability Nursing

Young, Helen

Children's and General Nursing

Delaney, Shauna

BSc in Midwifery programme

BSc Midwifery Programme: Junior Freshman

Tallon, Hilary

BSc Midwifery Programme: Senior Freshman

Deegan, Catherine

BSc Midwifery Programme: Junior Sophister

Leahy, Sarah Jane

BSc Midwifery Programme: Senior Sophister

Clare, Sophie Carolyn

Post-registration Undergraduate Programmes


Cullen, Ciara

Postgraduate/Higher Diplomas

H Dip Children's Nursing

Heneghan, Martha

H Dip Midwifery

Halpin, Joanne

Masters Degrees

MSc Mental Health part-time Year 2

Cullen, Caroline

MSc Mental Health part-time Year 2

Cocoman, Catherine

MSc Gerontology Year 2

McGettrick, Michelle

MSc Specialist Year 2

Proctor, Ceire Louise

MSc Midwifery Year 2

Cazzini, Hazel

MSc Midwifery CHSE Year 2

Doyle, Aileen

Students' family, friends, and staff of the School and linked Health Service providers were present to celebrate these students' achievements as they accepted their awards. The Ceremony was opened by the School Administrator Mr Frank O'Rourke which was followed by an address by the Head of School Professor Agnes Higgins. Professor Higgins complemented students on their hard work and achievement, and praised the student's families and staff in both TCD and the linked hospitals in their support of the students.

National Children's Hospital Awards
In addition to the School Awards, Professor Eleanor Hollywood also presented a number of students with prizes on behalf of the National Children's Hospital. These prizes reflected the achievements of a number of students on the Integrated Children's and General Degree. The award winners were:

National Children's Hospital Prize Winners


Junior Freshman

Karen Jeffery

Senior Freshman

Niamh Ward

Junior Sophister

Claire Horan

Senior Sophister

Ciara Deasy & Sunita Maharjan

5th Year

Esther Deady

TCD Entrance Exhibition award
This year the School also recognised one student who recently received a TCD Entrance Exhibition award. This highly prestigious award is awarded to student entering the College having achieved in excess of 560 points in their leaving certificate. Professor Higgins congratulated Emma McKearney who is a first year student on the Integrated Children's and General Nursing Degree programme on her outstanding achievement.

Inaugural School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD Preceptorship Award
The School established an award to recognise and reward Preceptors in our linked hospitals and health service providers. Preceptors work alongside our students through the students' practice experience and guide and facilitate students to achieve the required level of competency. The work that preceptors do is highly valued by the School and students and this award recognises the importance of their work.
The first winner of the Preceptor Award is Siobhan Gilboy who was presented with her award by Professor Agnes Higgins, Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery. Professor Higgins praised Ms Gilboy, who is a graduate of the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, on her dedication to guiding and facilitating students in her care. Professor Higgins added that all nominees for the award are nominated by students and as such the award highlights the excellence in mentorship and support Ms Gilboy has given to students.

Congratulations to Eileen Kenny, Junior Sophister BSc Midwifery Student

Congratulations to Eileen Kenny, Junior Sophister BSc Midwifery student who has succeeded in obtaining Health Research Board (HRB) Summer Project funding for a study entitled 'A mixed method exploration into the unmet demand for home birth in Ireland'.
Eileen will be working with her supervisors Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless and Dr Colm O'Boyle from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Over the summer period she will devise and administer an online questionnaire to women who wanted but were unable to obtain support for planned home birth. It is hoped that a picture of the reasons for being unable to access home birth will be elucidated. It also intended that women's experiences will be explored in more depth by means of in a small number of semi structured interviews.

Announcement of Scholarships 2013

On Monday 8th of April 2013 the following students from the School of Nursing & Midwifery were awarded the Foundation Scholarship. The new Scholars are undergraduate students who have succeeded in the scholarship examination by exceptional answering of especially difficult questions set to test their ability as critical and innovative thinkers. The School would like to congratulate all recipients and wish them continued success.

The recipients are as follows:



Course Name





Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

Psychiatric Nursing

St. Patricks Hospital



Bachelor in Science in Children's and General Nursing

Bachelor in Science in Children's and General Nursing

Tallaght Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

Psychiatric Nursing

St. Patricks Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

General Nursing

Tallaght Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

General Nursing

St. James' Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

Psychiatric Nursing

St. Patricks Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

General Nursing

St. James' Hospital



Bachelor in Science (Nursing)

Psychiatric Nursing

St. Patricks Hospital

PostgradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards 2013

The Masters in Dementia course has been shortlisted for the above award in the category of 'Best New Course 2013'. In this category, there are 9 courses shortlisted nationally and the award winner will be announced in the Mansion House on Thursday April 18th. Representation from the course development committee will attend the event which is supported by Graduate Studies Office TCD.

This course, delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is the first interdisciplinary MSc in Dementia in the Republic of Ireland. The overall aim of the course is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of the students and enable them to fulfil their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of dementia care. It also aims to make a valuable contribution to the broad development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice.

The feedback to date from service providers, students and the external examiner, Professor John Keady, has been very positive. The course commenced in September 2010. Students may opt to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma award at the end of year one or exit with an MSc Dementia on the completion of two years.

Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy PhD. (Course Co-ordinator), on behalf of the Course committee.

Staff in School of Nursing and Midwifery Appointments

Dr. Fiona Timmons, Associate Professor, at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin has been appointed the position of Assistant Editor for Nurse Education Today. Nurse Education Today is the leading international journal providing a forum for the publication of high quality original research, review and debate in the discussion of nursing, midwifery and interprofessional health care education, publishing papers which contribute to the advancement of educational theory and pedagogy that support the evidence-based practice for educationalists worldwide. The journal stimulates and values critical scholarly debate on issues that have strategic relevance for leaders of health care education.

MSc Student awarded a Martha McMenamin Memorial Scholarship

Ms Eithne Losty, a post graduate student at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, has been awarded a Martha McMenamin Memorial Scholarship to assist in the completion of her MSc dissertation. Ms Losty's study will explore mothers' experiences of caring for a child who requires gastrostomy feeding. This research will provide health professionals with a better understanding of what it is like to care for a sick child who is unable to eat as well as providing information about how services and support for mothers can be improved. The award is open to all nurses and midwives in Ireland who are attempting to influence the modernisation of health and social care services through initiatives directly influencing patient care. The award is administered through the Western Health & Social Care Trust and will contribute 2500euro to the costs of conducting the research.
Ms Losty is in the second year of an MSc Nursing - (Child Health & Wellbeing) programme. This programme aims to provide a solid academic base to the understanding and development of nursing practice in the area of child health and illness. It is anticipated that graduates of this strand, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in children's illness, child health and wellbeing in primary, secondary and tertiary health care services. Ms Losty will complete her research in June 2013. This student is supervised by Dr. Honor Nicholl.

Staff in School of Nursing and Midwifery Appointed to Strategic Boards and Committees

Margaret Carroll, Associate Professor of Midwifery, at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, has been appointed to membership of An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann by Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly as the IUA representative. An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais is the regulator of the professions of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland.

Professor Catherine Comiskey, Director of the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, has been appointed Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) by Minister of State for Primary Care, Mr Alex White. The role of the NACD is to advise Government on the prevalence, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and consequences of problem drug use in Ireland. As Ireland assumes the presidency of the EU in 2013 one key task for Government will be securing agreement of member states on the new EU Drug Action Plan.

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