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Dr. Ailbhe O'Neill

Ussher Assistant Professor (Law)

Ailbhe O'Neill completed her LL.B at Trinity College Dublin where she was elected to scholarship. After graduating first in her year she attended Cambridge university where she completed an LL.M as an awardee of the WM Tapp Studentship in Law. She completed her doctoral thesis in Trinity on "The Rights of Companies Under the Irish Constitution: A Philosophical and Comparative Analysis." (published by Thomson Round Hall in 2005). She lectures Corporate Governance and Media Law on the LL.B Programme. She has published widely in these areas both domestically and internationally and is co-author of Media Law in Ireland (Bloomsbury, 2011). Her research interests include Corporate Governance, Media Law, Constitutional Law and Bank Resolution. A practising barrister, she has advised on and acted in relation to a broad range of legislation connected with the banking crisis in Ireland including the Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Act 2008, the National Asset Management Agency Act 2009, the Central Bank Reform Act 2010, the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010 and the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and was appointed as legal advisor to the Commission of Investigation into the Causes of the Banking Crisis in 2011.
  Business/Corporate Law   Constitutional Law   Criminal Law   Insolvency/Bankruptcy
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Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute 2005
Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians Research Ethics Committee
The Royal College of Physicians Ethics Committee The European Corporate Governance Institute Research Associate of the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS)
Media Pluralism Monitor - National Expert for Ireland
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
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The Law Library, Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7 2006
Ailbhe O'Neill Eoin Carolan, Media Law in Ireland, 2nd, Ireland, Bloomsbury, 2019, 1-623pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, Budgetary Procedures Under the Irish Constitution, Special section: "The medium-term constitutional implications of the Eurozone crisis in countries under financial assistance" (Quaderni costituzionali) , (1), 2019, p1 - 5, Notes: [This is a Scopus publication], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, Open Justice Revisited - Gilchrist and Rogers v. Sunday Newspapers Ltd., Irish Supreme Court Review, 1, 2019, p1-18 , Notes: [This is an 8,000 word article], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, The Principle of Open Justice, Irish Supreme Court Review, Trinity College, 6 October, 2018, TCD Law School, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
O'Neill, When do Clubs Die?, Dublin University Law Journal, 38, (1), 2015, p208 - 218, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, "Subordinated creditors in times of crisis - the Irish approach" , Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation , 30, (5), 2015, p296 - 299, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Rights and Freedoms in the Domestic Context - Fair Procedures in Difficult Times in, editor(s)Ferarri and O'Dowd , 75 Years of the Constitution of Ireland: An Irish-Italian Dialogue, Italy and Ireland, Clarus Press , 2014, pp17 , [Ailbhe O'Neill], Notes: [Invited contribution], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
National Reporter, European Insolvency Law - The Heidelberg-Luxembourg-Vienna Report , 2014, Notes: [The Report was commissioned by the Commission of the European Union as part of its review of the Regulation.], Report, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, . "Defamation by Hyperlink and the Publication Rule" , Dublin University Law Journal, 35, 2012, p317-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ailbbhe O'Neill, "Reporting allegations: Reynolds privilege revisited in the UK Supreme Court" , Irish Jurist, 2012, p185-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Ailbhe O'Neill, Reflections on Referenda in Ireland - Response, The Role of Referendums in the UK Constitutional Order: Comparative Perspectives , Durham University, 31 January , 2019, Durham Law School, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
O'Neill Ailbhe, The Right of Publicity - Privacy reimagined for a public world, Irish Jurist, 2019, p195 - 197, Review Article, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, Developments in Banking and Financial Regulation, Recent Developments in Public Law, UCD, 11 June , 2018, UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies, 5pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ailbhe O'Neill, Administrative Sanctions Procedure - INBS Inquiry, Training for Enforcement Unity Central Bank of Ireland, Central Bank of Ireland, 14 September, 2018, Central Bank of Ireland, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Flynn, Roderick, Media Pluralism Monitor, 2016, Florence, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI, May, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
Flynn, Roderick, Media Pluralism Monitor, 2015, Florence, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI, May, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Ailbhe O'Neill, "Pillar A of the Companies Bill 2011 - the role of the company secretary", Irish Business Law Quarterly, 2012, 2012, p3-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Researcher, Report of the Working Group on a Court of Appeal, Ireland, Courts Service, 2009, Notes: [This Report by the Working Group on the Establishment of a Court of Appeal recommended the establishment of a new appellate court. The new court was established following a referendum and is now operational.], Report, PUBLISHED
O'Neill, Breach of the Peace as an Offence at Common Law, Journal of Criminal Law, 71, 2007, p21-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Neill, Reform of the Derivative Suit, New Law Journal, 2007, p356-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Entrance Exhibition Trinity College Dublin 1996
Trinity College Scholarship 1998
Kingsmill Moore Memorial Prize for 1st place in Junior Sophister Year 1999
Henry Hamilton Hunter Memorial Prize 1st place in Senior Sophister Year 2000
W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 2000
Honorary Senior Scholarship Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 2001
Company Law - particularly Corporate Governance and Corporate Insolvency and Rescue. Constitutional Law - Irish and Comparative. The European Convention on Human Rights.