July 2019

6th July 2019 Annual Conference & AGM

July 2017

1st July 2017 Annual Criminal Law Update and AGM

June 2017

15th June 2017 CPD Vulnerable Defendants

January 2017

26th January 2017 Gaffney Room

The Niall Durnin Memorial Lecture takes places with speakers Paul J Carroll SC and Libby  Charlton BL speaking on collegiality at the Bar and friends we have lost. We welcome the Durnin family to this annual event.

Niall Durnin Lecture

June 2016

The Irish Criminal Bar Association held its annual Criminal law Update and AGM on the 11th of June 2016 in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

The conference was a huge success and thank you to all our current and new members for attending. The conference was chaired by Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley and Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring. Our speakers James Dwyer BL, Rebecca Smith BL, Sinead Skelly BL, Garnet Orange SC, Remy Farrell SC, John Berry BL, Karl Monaghan BL and Maurice Coffey BL gave engaging and interesting presentations on a wide range of subjects from parasitic accessory liability to organised crime.

Tributes were made by all to our much-missed colleague, Colm O’Briain SC and also to recently departed colleagues and friends Stephen McCann, Brendan Nix SC, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Mr Justice Paul Carney.

Our Chairperson Libby Charlton BL stepped down after two years in the role and Eoin Lawlor BL was elected by the new committee to sit as Chairperson. Libby Charlton lead ICBA over the last two years with determination and raised its profile and membership tremendously.


Register at http://goo.gl/forms/TWnS7pEUzP
Fees are as follows:

Years 1-7 €65
Years 8 + €90
Senior Counsel €135
Master and Devil Package €135

February 2016

Recorded Evidence for Vulnerable Witnesses

Chair: Judge Anthony Hunt

Speakers to include Michael Bowman SC and members of the Gardai special interviewing unit.

25th February CCJ Jury Room 4.30pm

December 2015

Niall Durnin and Brendan Nix Memorial Lecture

Saint Michan’s Church, 5pm, December 3rd

Speakers: Rod O’Hanlon SC, Michael F Collins BL and Eoin Lawlor BL.

ICBA Christmas drinks to follow in the Sheds

Thirty-second Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography

Members are invited to a lecture to be delivered by Ian O’ Donnell, FRHistS, MRIA, Professor of Criminology, University College Dublin Deflecting the Law from its Course: Capital Punishment and Clemency in Ireland, 1923-1990 in the Distillery Building at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 1st December 2015

Chairman:    The Hon. Mr. Justice Sean Ryan, President, The Court of Appeal

Welcome:      David Barniville, SC, Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland

Wine reception kindly sponsored by The Bar of Ireland

R.S.V.P. Hugh M. Fitzpatrick,  e-mail: hmfitzpa@tcd.ie

November 2015

The Irish Criminal Bar Association and the Irish Penal Reform Trust are hosting a Bail Reform seminar and discussion in the CCJ Jury room on November 11th at 4.30 pm

See further details here: http://www.iprt.ie/contents/2800


Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: ‘Recent Developments in Admissibility’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 18:00 to 20:00
Renehan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth University

Maynooth University Department of Law would like to invite you to a lecture by Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Supreme Court Justice.

The Judge will be discussing recent developments in the law on the admissibility of evidence, including the recent Supreme Court decision in DPP v JC  in which the Court held that evidence obtained unconstitutionally can now be admitted where officers of the State (i.e. An Garda Síochána) claim to have no knowledge of the breach.

The event will be chaired by Liam Herrick, Advisor to President Michael D Higgins and Honourary Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law. The Judge’s lecture will be followed by a response from Dr Claire Hamilton, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law.

The event is free to attend, however, spaces are limited. To secure your place and avoid disappointment, please RSVP to law@nuim.ie by Monday, 2 November.

July 2015

  • 11th July 2015 Criminal Law Update and AGM, Tullamore

The AGM and conference were a great success with over 80 attendees.  Chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Birmingham the conference heard from Michael Dillon BL, Mícheál P O’Higgins SC, James Dwyer BL, Colm O’Briain SC, David Staunton BL, Geraldine Fitzpatrick BL, Libby Charlton BL and Maurice Coffey BL. Thank you to all those who contributed and attended.


June 2015

  • 15th June 2015 “Magna Carta: Looking Back and Looking Forward” CPD event 4.30pm Jury Room CCJ

Details: Magna Carta

May 2015

  • 12th May 2015 “Post sentence mitigation: recent appellate Court practice and services available in custody”

The ICBA held an extremely interesting event on the use of new material in sentence appeals in the CCJ on Tuesday, 12th May. Mr Blaise O’Carroll SC, Vivien Geiran, the Director of the Probation Service and Mr Philip Larraghy, Director of Release gave presentations on their areas of expertise and members of the Irish Prison Service also gave invaluable insight into the workings of the prison system. Thank you to all those that attended and contributed to the event.




Slides from the event will be available to members in due course.


April 2015

  • 25th April 2015 The ICBA held its annual conference in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns on Saturday the 25th of April. The Conference is entitled:

“Was Orwell an Optimist?

Cybersecurity, Constitutional Values and Personal Autonomy”

Chair and keynote speaker: Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman

It was an extremely interesting event and was attended by solicitors, barristers, members of the Garda Siochana and members of the media.

See more information and photographs here

March 2015

  • Mary Rose Gearty SC delivered an Ethics CPD seminar to members and non-members.
  • The Department of Law in NUI Maynooth invites members to a Guest Lecture by Professor Francis Pakes entitled ‘Comparative Criminology in the 21st Century?’ on Tuesday 10th of March 2015. The Lecture will take place at 6.30pm in the Phoenix Building. North Campus in Maynooth. There will be a response by Liam Herrick, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Law

Chaired by Mr. Justice John MacMenamin, Adjunct Professor of Law.

Comparative Criminoloy in the 21st Century

You can check out the full range of courses on offer here .

October 2014

The ICBA and the School of Law at the University of Limerick will host a Joint Conference entitled ‘Sentencing in Ireland: Stakeholders’ Perspectives’. The Conference takes place on the 29 November 2014 and will be chaired by Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly. The event is certified for 4.5 CPD points. – See more at: 



May 2014

Annual Conference 2014

The Irish Criminal Bar Association recently held its annual conference at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny. The conference was entitled ‘Procedural and Substantive Developments in the Criminal Trial Process’. It was an extremely successful event with some very interesting and informative presentations given by members of the Bar. The conference was followed by the ICBA AGM where the new chairperson and committee were elected.



Annual Conference 2011

‘Drugs: Prison and Prohibition. a Failed System?’

The Irish Criminal Bar Association invites all members to attend its annual conference on Saturday the 14th May 2011 in the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge. CPD accreditation is available for the conference, which will be followed by dinner and drinks.

Date: 14th May 2011

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge

Registration: 1.30pm

Dinner: 7pm


March 2011

White Collar Crime – From Cufflinks to Handcuffs

Kings Inns – 9.30am – 25th March 2011

Click here to download more information on the conference.




Thursday, 10th February 2011 in Distillery Building

A launch to mark the publication of Katie Dawson BL’s book will take place on Thursday, 10th February next.This reception will be preceded by an Irish Criminal Bar Association presentation on recent developments in Road Traffic Law, which will commence at 5pm, with a drinks reception to follow at 6pm. Book will be available at a special launch night price of €100.00 rather than the RRP which is €120.00


MARCH 2011


Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 5pm in Distillery building

A launch of Remy Farrell BL & Anthony Hanrahan BL’s book on the European Arrest Warrant will take place on Thursday 3 March 2011 in the Distillery Building  at 5pm with a short seminar on the EAW followed by a drinks reception sponsored by the publishers Clarus Press.________________________________________________________________________________________________