Gerardine Connolly was called to the Irish Bar in 1983 and immediately commenced practice as a Junior Counsel working in the areas of Criminal Law and Common Law. Shortly after commencing practise, Gerardine was appointed as a State Prosecutor and represented the DPP on numerous important cases for over a decade.
Her junior practice also included Planning Cases and Medical Malpractice Cases. In 1997, Gerardine became a Senior Counsel and she now has over thirty years continuous experience at the Irish Bar where she continues to practise to date.
Gerardine is particularly specialised in Medical Negligence Law and is now involved in Cerebral Palsy Cases, Catastrophic Brain Injury Cases Neo–Natal Birth Cases and complex Gynaecological Injury Cases.
Gerardine appears on a daily basis before the High Court
and Supreme Court
and has vast experience in the handling and cross-examination of Witnesses including Expert Witnesses and drafting/preparation of legal Submissions and all Court documents. She has been involved in many seminal cases involving a wide range of legal issues at both National and European level.
She has acted for families of the bereaved in many inquests and has represented the vast majority of the persons in the State who were the victims of clerical sexual abuse as a result of their time in care in Industrial Institutions.
Gerardine has acted as Advisor to the Irish Human Rights Commission
and has been involved in drafting policy papers involving recommendations made to Government involving Human Rights Abuses. In addition, Gerardine is a qualified Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators
. She has been involved in many Arbitrations/Mediations involving complex matters of Law. She has handed down numerous Reasoned Decisions in her capacity as appointed Arbitrator and is vastly experienced in Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques.
Gerardine is fluent in French.
(Appointed to the Board December 2014)