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Our Steering and Working Groups

Meet the Director 

As  Director, Professor O’Neill is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a national framework for standards in traffic medicine in Ireland.

Professor Desmond O'Neill

Programme Director, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Professor Desmond O'Neill is the Programme Director of the National Office for Traffic Medicine, which was established jointly by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Road Safety Authority in 2011. He is also a Elected Fellow on RCPI Council and Censor. He works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital Dublin and is Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.

Steering Group on Traffic Medicine

We are governed by a Steering Group on Traffic Medicine, which essentially acts as our board of management.  

The Steering Group on Traffic Medicine is jointly chaired by Dr Ann O'Shaughnessy, Head of Professional Affairs, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Mr Declan Naughton, Director of Driver Testing and Licensing, Road Safety Authority.  

Together with the Director, Professor Desmond O’Neill, the Steering Group is responsible for ensuring the National Office for Traffic Medicine’s aims and functions are fulfilled on behalf of RCPI and the Road Safety Authority.

Institution representative
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Dr Ann O'Shaughnessy
Working Group on Traffic Medicine
Dr Declan Bedford
Road Safety Authority
Mr Declan Naughton
National Office for Traffic Medicine
Prof Desmond O’Neill
National Office for Traffic Medicine

Dr Margaret Ryan
An Garda Síochána

Chief Superintendent Raymond McMahon
Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport Lorraine McGurk
Road Safety Authority
Mr Pat Travers
 

RCPI Working Group on Traffic Medicine

The Working Group on Traffic Medicine is chaired by Dr Declan Bedford.

Dr Declan Bedford

Chair, RCPI Working Group on Traffic Medicine

Working Group for Medical Fitness to Drive

This Working Group advises the National Office for Traffic Medicine on the standards to be set, implemented and maintained in Sláinte agus Tiomáint: Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines for Drivers in Ireland.

Institution representative
AA Ireland
An Garda Síochána Chief Superintendent Raymond McMahon
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Dr Tadhg Stapleton
Association of Optometrists Ireland Mr Martin O’Brien
Clinical Pharmacology, RCSI Prof David Williams
College of Psychiatry of Ireland
Coroners Society of Ireland & Forensic and Legal Medicine & the Medical Bureau of Road Safety Prof Denis Cusack
Faculty of Occupational Medicine Dr Paul Guéret and Dr Declan Whelan
Faculty of Public Health Medicine
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)
Dr Declan Bedford (Chair)
Health and Safety Authority Ms Deirdre Sinnott
Irish Association for Emergency Medicine Dr Gerry Lane
Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine Dr Eugene Wallace and Dr Paul Carroll
Irish Cardiac Society Dr Derek Crinion
Irish College of General Practitioners Dr Ide Delargy and Dr Sean O’Callaghan
Irish College of Nephrology
Irish College of Ophthalmologists Mr Sean Chen and Ms Fiona Kearns
Irish Endocrine Society Dr Graham Roberts
Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience Prof Norman Delanty
Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Mr Derek Bennett
Irish Patients Association Mr Stephen McMahon
Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine
Irish Society of Rheumatology
Irish Thoracic Society Prof Walter McNicholas
National Office for Traffic Medicine Prof Desmond O’Neill (Director)
National Office for Traffic Medicine Dr Margaret Ryan
National Office for Traffic Medicine Ms Donna Noonan
Neurosurgeons Mr Steven Young
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Psychological Society of Ireland Dr Michael Gormley
Road Safety Authority Mr Stephen Murphy and Ms Miriam Scott
 

Sub Groups on Traffic Medicine

We have eight sub groups on Traffic Medicine that act as specialist advisors to the Working Group. They deal with the following areas:

  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Psychiatry
  • Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Dependence
  • Vision
  • Rehabilitation and On-Road Driving Assessment
  • Education and Research

Contact us

Dr Margaret Ryan

Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Donna Noonan

Programme Coordinator, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 8639630