The Council of The Bar of Ireland employs a professional executive staff led by the Chief Executive to oversee the delivery of member services and benefits to members of the Law Library.  The administrative offices are located in The Distillery Building, 145/151 Church Street, Dublin 7.



Ciara Murphy
Chief Executive  
Tel: 01-817 2877

Ciara Murphy is the Chief Executive of The Bar of Ireland since November 2014. She supports the Bar Council in defining its strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Council for delivering the expected performance results defined by its annual operating plan.


Colin Potts
Director of Finance and Operations   Tel: 01-817 5004

Primarily responsible for all finance matters of The Bar of Ireland, Colin directs all financial planning, control, management, reporting and legal regulatory compliance. Colin is also responsible for membership of the Law Library and support services. Colin is a Director of the organisation's property and finance subsidiary companies.


Nuala Byrne
Director of Library and information Services    

Email   Tel: 01-817 5296

Committed to providing a library and information service of quality to support, promote and facilitate the professional excellence of the members of the Law Library. Responsible for strategic planning and future development of library and information services.




Cormac O'Culáin

Director of Communications and Member Services   

Tel: 01-817 5116

The Director or Membership and Public Affairs oversees all aspects of member services and representation to promote the expertise of the independent referral bar and support members' practice, including media relations, PR and public affairs, policy development, member communications, member administration and support services, CPD and events.


John Kane
Director of ICT   
Email:   Tel: 01-817 5358

The primary role of the ICT Director is to ensure the delivery of innovative and sustainable information and communications systems that provide significant organisational and service delivery benefits for Members and staff.


Paula Corrigan
Director of Human Resource
Email:   Tel: 01-817 5628

The primary role of the Human Resource Director is to guide and support the effective managment of the Staff and organsational structure to ensure appropriate skill set and competencies are in place to enable the desired organisational capabilites for a high performance team.

Brian O'Driscoll


Brian O'Driscoll
Director of Regulation
Secretary to the Professional Practices Committee (PPC) 

Email   Tel: 01-817 2722

The primary role of the Director of Regulation is to develop and implement a Regulation Strategy in conjunction with the Professional Practices Committee (PPC) provide secretariat support to the PPC, facilitate the provision of guidance and advice to members on all aspects of compliance with the Code of Conduct and professional regulatory legislation, and manage the processing of queries and complaints received in line with the Code of Conduct, as well as queries relating to CPD requirements, professional indemnity insurance, ethics and practice standard.