Mental Health Commission

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Commission Members

Number of Members: 13 (One appointment currently vacant)

Gender Balance Numbers: Female (4), Male (8)

Gender Balance Percentage: Female (33%), Male (67%)

MHC Commision: John S

Name: John Saunders

First Appointed: 05/04/2012

Reappointed: 05/04/2017

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Chairman

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by Shine/The Wheel: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

 MHC Commision: Aaron Galbraith

Name: Aaron Galbraith

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the Children's Rights Alliance: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Colette Nolan

Name: Colette Nolan

First Appointed: 05/04/2012

Reappointed: 05/04/2017

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by Irish Advocacy Network: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Francis Xavier Flanagan

Name: Francis Xavier Flanagan (Dr)

First Appointed: 05/04/2012

Reappointed: 05/04/2017

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the Irish College of General Practitioners: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

Commission Photo: James L

Name: Jim Lucey (Dr)

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Margo

Name: Margo Wrigley (Dr)

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the Irish Hospital Consultants Association: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Michael D

Name: Michael Drumm (Dr)

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the Psychological Society of Ireland: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Ned K

Name: Ned Kelly

First Appointed: 05/04/2012

Reappointed: 29/09/2017

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by Mental Health Nurse Managers of Ireland. Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Tomas M

Name: Tómas Murphy

First Appointed: 15/01/2019

End of Term: 04/04/2022

Position: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by Mental Health Nurse Managers of Ireland and Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Nicole

Name: Nicola Byrne

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the Irish Association of Social Workers: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Patrick L

Name: Patrick Lynch

First Appointed: 05/04/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated by the HSE: Appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.

MHC Commision: Rowena

Name: Rowena Mulcahy

First Appointed: 26/09/2017

Reappointed:

Expiry Date: 04/04/2022

Position Type: Member

Basis of Appointment: Nominated and appointed by Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People.


  • Ms Catherine O’Rorke resigned from the Commission in August 2018 and was replaced by Mr Tómas Murphy in January 2019.
  • Ms Niamh Cahill resigned from the Commission in June 2019.
Mental Health Commission
Secretary to the Board (Commission)Ms Orla Keane 
Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FARC)Mr Patrick Lynch
Chief Risk OfficerMr Simon Murtagh

 

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Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

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