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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly recently appointed six members to the PSI Council — Mr John Given, Ms Katherine Morrow, Mr Rory O’Donnell and Ms Grainne Power, alongside Mr Sean Reilly and Ms Marie Louisa Power, who were re-appointed for a further four-year term following their re-election. The PSI has also elected Ms Muireann Ní Shuilleabháin as President and Mr Rory O’Donnell as Vice-President of the Council.

Ms Ní Shuilleabháin is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has 30 years’ experience working in many facets of the pharmacy profession. More than 25 of those years were as a hospital pharmacist, both in Ireland and the US (California and Washington states). Her overall remit is in Medication Safety and she has been an active advocate for quality and safety in medicines management at a local and national level. She has further experience in healthcare management, clinical governance, clinical pharmacy, consultancy pharmacy, accreditation processes, pharmacy practice and project leadership. She has been in a Chief/Superintendent role since 2001. She also has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is at the final stages of her law degree from Griffith College Dublin.

Mr O’Donnell served on the PSI Council from 2015-2019 and graduated in 1990 from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with a BSc(Hons) Pharm degree. He also holds a degree in Natural Science (chemistry major) from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Irish Management Institute. He has wide experience serving within the profession of pharmacy, having served as President of the Irish Pharmacy Union 2012-2014 and more recently as President of the PSI Council for two terms.

He is the current Chair of the totalhealth pharmacy group and has served on several commercial boards, as well as having some experience in the charity sector. He operates a community pharmacy in Gweedore, Co Donegal.

See feature, p10-11