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

Elected Fellow and Programme Director, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Professor Desmond O'Neill is an elected Fellow on Council and will serve a two year term from October 2016 - October 2018. Prof O'Neill also holds the position of 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 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 Ms Joanna Holly, Deputy CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Mr Declan Naughton, Director, 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.

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

Institution representative
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Mr Leo Kearns
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Ms Joanna Holly and Ms Leah O’Toole
Working Group on Traffic Medicine
Dr Declan Bedford
Road Safety Authority
Mr Declan Naughton
National Office for Traffic Medicine
Prof Desmond O’Neill
An Garda Síochána

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid

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
Chair Dr Declan Bedford
AA Ireland Mr Conor Faughnan
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Ms Ruth Hoban
An Garda Síochána Superintendent Pat McCabe
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Mr Tadhg Stapleton
Association of Optometrists Ireland Mr Martin O’Brien
Clinical Pharmacology, RCSI Prof David Williams
College of Psychiatry of Ireland Dr Paul Fearon
Coroners Society of Ireland Dr Brian Farrell
Coroners Society and Forensic and Legal Medicine
Medical Bureau of Road Safety
Prof Denis Cusack
Faculty of Occupational Medicine Dr Paul Guéret and Dr Declan Whelan
Faculty of Public Health Medicine Dr Patricia Fitzpatrick
Health and Safety Authority Mr Kieran Sludds
Irish Association for Emergency Medicine Dr Gerry Lane
Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine Dr Eugene Wallace and Dr Paul Carroll
Irish Cardiac Society Dr Edward Keelan
Irish College of General Practitioners Dr Gerry Cummins, Dr Ide Delargy and Dr Sean O'Callaghan

Irish College of Nephrology
Dr George Mellotte
Irish College of Ophthalmologists Ms Patricia Logan and Mr Sean Chen
Irish Endocrine Society Dr Graham Roberts
Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience Prof Norman Delanty
Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Dr Derek Bennett
Irish Association of Orthoptists Ms Caroline Byrne
Irish Patients Association Mr Stephen McMahon
Irish Society of Community and Public Health Medicine and HSE Principal Medical Officers Group Dr Joanna Joyce Cooney
Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine Dr David Robinson
Irish Society of Rheumatology Dr Ronan Mullan
Irish Thoracic Society Prof Walter McNicholas
National Office for Traffic Medicine Prof Desmond O’Neill – Director of NOTM
Neurosurgeons Mr Steven Young
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Ms Irene Patterson
Psychological Society of Ireland Prof Michael Gormley
ADI Chief Examiner Mr Michael Dolan
Road Safety Authority Mr Michael Dolan, Mr Liam Keane, Ms Deirdre Finnerty
Health Products Regulatory Authority Dr Doreen Fagan

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

Margaret Ryan


Tel: +353 1 8639788

Margaret Ryan is the Manager of the National Office for Traffic Medicine.