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Appointments to the Medical Scientists Registration Board

Published: 6 November 2019
From: Department of Health

Following a Public Appointments Service (PAS) campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, has appointed the following non-professional member to the Medical Scientists Registration Board with effect from 9 November 2019 to 8 November 2022:

Mr Eamonn Grennan

Mr Grennan graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and later received an MSc in Environmental Protection and a Diploma in Public Administration. Mr Grennan initially worked for North American minerals exploration and mining companies. In the 1980s, he formed a minerals consultancy company and worked as a mineral’s geologist across five continents. In 1995 he joined the academic staff in the Department of Environmental Science at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. In addition to his lecturing duties, he was also involved in student welfare, Distance Learning studies and was a member of the Academic Council.

Mr Grennan is a founder member of the Irish Association for Economic Geology (IAEG). He is also a Professional Member of the Institute of Geologists Ireland (IGI) and a member of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG). He served on the Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and on the board of a number of publicly quoted and charitable companies. He has been appointed as a Public Interest director and has a particular interest in corporate governance.

Although retired, Mr Grennan has published, spoken about and maintained his research interests which are focused on public education on the benefits of geology, the sustainable supply of raw materials and the positive aspects of trace elements, particularly metals, in the human body. Mr Grennan is currently a lay member of the Physiotherapists Registration Board.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has re-appointed the following non-professional members of the Medical Scientists Registration Board with effect from 9 November 2019 to 8 November 2022:

Dr Gary Kearney

Dr Kearney has been employed by Safefood, the food safety promotion agency and a North-South body, for over 17 years. Dr Kearney is Director for Food Science with responsibility for the protection and enhancement of consumer health through a variety of food safety programmes and initiatives.

Directly reporting to the Departments of Health in Dublin and Belfast, Safefood develop citizen focused information and awareness media campaigns, operate food safety programmes aimed at food producers, processors and others in the food supply chain, and host numerous community events. In addition to his science and research work, Dr Kearney is also the corporate spokesperson for food safety, hygiene and food sensitivity, and in this role, represents Safefood on TV, radio, print and social media channels.

He is a member of several professional bodies including the Institute of Directors, National Hygiene Partnership Management Committee, and food safety adjudicator for the Excellence Ireland Quality Award.

Dr Kearney previously worked for the Health Service Executive (HSE) for 8 years as a regulator and Official Food Examiner where his statutory and technical laboratory role and responsibility was to prevent risks to public health and protect consumer interests.

In addition to an MA in Health Care Management, Dr Kearney has a B.Sc. Hons Chemistry, MSc in Organic Chemistry and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from University College Cork. He has also completed Leadership Programmes at Harvard Business School and several other executive programmes ranging from professional corporate governance, media skills and protected disclosures.

Ms Clodagh Geraghty

Ms Geraghty is a lecturer in Law and Human Resource Management in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). She holds a BA and LLB from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and an MA in European and Comparative Law from the University of Limerick. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Programme Chair for the BA in Human Resource Management in GMIT. Ms Geraghty has a particular teaching interest in human rights in healthcare education, patient safety and professional regulation.

Ms Geraghty has expertise in professional regulation and is a member of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). She is Chair of the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s Community College, Charlestown, Co Mayo and has worked with the Education and Training Board of Ireland to improve the governance function of the Boards of Management in Education and Training Board (ETB) schools.

Prior to her appointment to a full-time academic position, Ms Geraghty held the position of Human Resources Manager in Mayo University Hospital. She also held positions in Community Services and in the Health Services Executive in Ireland over a 15-year period.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following professional members of the Medical Scientists Registration Board with effect from 9 November 2019 to 8 November 2022:

Mr John O'Loughlin

Mr O’Loughlin has over 20 years’ experience as a medical scientist over half of which has been in senior positions. He is currently the Laboratory Manager of the Rotunda Hospital. Prior to this Mr O’Loughlin was the Hospital Quality and Risk Manager in the Hermitage Medical Clinic as well as being the Laboratory Manager. He has worked as a Senior Medical Scientist and Medical Scientist in several Dublin hospitals and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS).

Mr O’Loughlin is currently on the Board of the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee in INAB. He is also a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) National Biotechnology Standards Consultative Committee to monitor the work of ISO TC 276 and ISO TC 212 in Healthcare standards. John is an external examiner for the BSc Biomedical Science in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and a guest lecturer on the MSc course. Mr O’Loughlin has a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science and a BSc in Healthcare Management.

Mr O’Loughlin has a strong interest in healthcare management and in healthcare quality and risk. He has worked with laboratory and other healthcare standards such as the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and JCI and is heavily involved with INAB and NSAI in both the development and implementation of standards.

Mr Brendan O'Reilly

Mr O’Reilly is a Laboratory Manager working in Laboratory Medicine at Cork University Hospital since 1990. Prior to that, he worked in the Microbiology Laboratory of Bon Secours Hospital, Cork for a short period.

Mr O'Reilly qualified with a Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science from Cork Regional Technical College (now Cork Institute of Technology) in 1989. He specialised in the microbiology discipline of laboratory science and has held positions as Staff Grade, Senior Grade, Chief Grade (surveillance), Chief of Microbiology and now Laboratory Manager. He possesses the Fellowship of Medical Laboratory Science (Microbiology), a Masters in Business Administration (Healthcare Management) and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Mr O'Reilly has been a career-long member of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) and has served on a number of Advisory Bodies, including Microbiology, Information Technology, and more recently, chairing the Management, Quality, IT and Safety Advisory Body. He is also a qualified Emergency Medical Technician, on the register of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC). This qualification and his ongoing interest in clinic and bench work serve to reinforce Brendan’s interest in and dedication to patient welfare.

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