Aoife Farrelly BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2000

BCL, Certified Data Protection Advisor - Law Society of Ireland

Areas of Practice:
  • Administrative Law
  • Family Law
  • General Common Law
  • General Practice
  • Judicial Review
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
Aoife Farrelly BL
Accrediting Body: The Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII)
Accrediting Body: Disputes Resolution Authority G.A.A.

Other Memberships:
Employment Bar Association
Other Languages:
French (Working)
German (Working)
Irish (Fluent)
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My work focuses principally on general civil litigation.  I represent both plaintiffs and defendants before all Courts.

A large portion of my work involves child law, primarily High Court adoption applications. In addition, I have a busy personal injuries practice and circuit practice representing clients in employment law; probate; mediation and family law.

I have a personal interest in Sports Law as much of my free time is taken up with the administration of local and national sporting issues.

I act for the Child and Family Agency in a range of High Court adoption applications.

I act as Counsel for the South East Commission (formerly Hickson Commission), a Commission of Inquiry, established pursuant to statute.

Examples of some of my recent cases include:

A Foster mother v CFA Simons J. 2019 IEHC 8
O’Doherty v Callinan Reynolds J. 2018 IEHC 14
O’Doherty v Callinan Ní Raifeartaigh J. (CofA) 2020 IECA 200
In the matter of T. (a minor) Jordan J. 2019 IEHC 312
In the matter of M.L. (a minor) Jordan J. 2020 IEHC 419
In the matter of T.S. (a minor) Jordan J. 2021 IEHC 53
O’Connor v HSE and others Reynolds J. 2019 IEHC 930
In the matter of D.W. (a minor) Abbott J. 2015 IEHC 563
Coffey v Tara Mines O’Neill J. 2007 IEHC 249
DeCataldo v Petrogas Ltd. O’Neill J. 2012 IEHC 495

Central Hearings Committee, Gaelic Athletic Association

Disciplinary committee Member of the Central Hearings Committee of the GAA.

Disciplinary hearings for national competitions within the GAA.

Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland (SDSI) – Member of the Panel of Arbitrators Dispute resolution service for Irish Sport offering mediation and arbitration facility. Regularly engaged in world sport dispute resolution.

Appointed to the panel of arbitrators in January 2020 to hear and determine disputes arising in sporting codes.

I was recently engaged as Arbitrator for twenty three cases before the SDSI.

Disputes Resolution Authority 2007 – 2021

The DRA is an independent body charged with the implementation of the disputes resolution code within the GAA. The Authority maintains a panel of arbitrators from which it establishes arbitration tribunals to deal with disputes referred to it. I was a member of the arbitration panel from 2007 until my appointment to Central Hearings in 2021. During that time, I acted as Chair of many high profile disputes, with written published decisions of precedential value within the GAA.

Member of the Council of the Bar of Ireland, Chair of Equality & Resilience Committee 2023.

Member of the Council of the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.

Member of the Education Committee of the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.

Member of Central Hearings Committee, Gaelic Athletic Association.

Member Leinster GAA Management & Finance Committee

Member of Trim GAA, Vice Chair of Trim LGFA.


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086-364 5579
The Law Library Four Courts Dublin 7
@Aoife Farrelly

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