President and Council

The Law Society of Ireland is governed by a Council, comprising elected and nominated members of the solicitors’ profession. It also delegates statutory functions to a range of Committees.

council chamber

Aims of the Council

The purpose of the Council is identified in the Charter of 1852 to act “for the better rule and government of the Society, and for the better direction and management of the concerns thereof”. The statutory functions of the Society, as set out in the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2015, are exercised by the Council or by Committees to which the Council delegates those statutory functions. The Council represents the Society and its members both in the interests of the public and of the solicitors’ profession generally.


Under its legislative framework, the Council of the Society is empowered to elect a President and Vice-Presidents from among the Council members elected in the annual national election. This is done at the Council meeting immediately following the Annual General Meeting in November of each year. Officers serve for a period of one year.

Council membership

The Council comprises 31 elected members, four provincial delegates and 13 nominated members from the Law Society of Northern Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Southern Law Association. Past Presidents are entitled to attend Council meetings for three years following their year of Presidency.

Fifty per cent of the elected Council are required to retire annually and elections are held to fill the vacancies arising, with successful candidates serving for a two-year period. The nominated members of the Council are appointed on an annual basis. 

Council of the Law Society - for the year ending 11 November 2022

President: Michelle Ní Longáin

Senior: Maura Derivan
Junior: Eamonn Harrington

Christopher Callan
Justine Carty
Helen Coughlan
Brendan Cunningham
Maeve Delargy
Tara Doyle
Paul Egan
Richard Grogan
Richard Hammond
Aine Hynes
Bill Holohan
Siún Hurley
Paul Keane
Liam A. Kennedy

Morette Kinsella
Martin Lawlor
Gary Lee
Rosemarie Loftus
Susan Martin
Barry MacCarthy
Flor McCarthy
Sonia McEntee
Daniel O'Connor
Valerie Peart
Carol Plunkett
Imelda Reynolds
Brendan J. Twomey
Keith Walsh

Past Presidents

James Cahill
Patrick Dorgan
Stuart Gilhooly
Michele O’Boyle

Provincial Delegates

Leinster: Martin Crotty
Munster: Shane McCarthy
Ulster: Garry Clarke
Connaught: David Higgins

Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Representatives 

Niall Cawley
Matthew Kenny
Tony O’Sullivan 

Southern Law Association Representatives

Robert Baker
Joan Byrne
Veronica Neville
Emma Meagher Neville
Gerald O’Flynn

Law Society of Northern Ireland Representatives

Brigid Napier
Rowan White
Brian Archer
Suzanne Rice
Eileen Ewing