The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Law Society with all of the powers and responsibilities usually vested in a Chief Executive.
In addition, the Director General is the Secretary of the Society with a number of further powers and responsibilities provided under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2008.
Broadly speaking, the Director General’s role is to manage the organisation and the people in it. In this regard, he works very closely with the Society’s Directors/Heads of Department. He is also the primary link between the Society’s Council, to which he is the chief policy adviser, and the Society’s staff.
The Director General works very closely with the Society’s President and both will frequently represent the Society at meetings throughout Ireland of local Bar Associations and also at international meetings of their counterparts from other countries.
Mary Keane, who is Director of the Policy & Public Affairs Department, is the current Director General. She took up office in March 2021. She is a qualified barrister and joined the Society in 1992, having worked in the Department of Industry & Commerce and the Tax Department of PriceWaterhouse.
The Director General frequently acts as spokesperson for the Society in the media and represents the Society before Dail Committees and as a Society nominee on Ministerial Working Groups.