Information about the College & Mission Statement

Established in 1991, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is the recognised training and professional body for medical and surgical eye doctors in Ireland.

Our overarching mission is to advance developments and improvements in eye health and patient safety by:
Providing the highest standards of excellence in the training and on-going education of Eye Doctors and other Medical Practitioners ; Advocating on behalf of patients through policy guidance to Government, Health Care Providers and State Agencies; Collaborating with patient support groups on our shared goals ;
Educating the public to help increase awareness of good eye care practices.

Our goal, in line with the WHO objectives of Vision 2020, is to work towards eliminating the 75% of cases which result in preventable blindness by 2020

The College represents over 200 eye doctors in Ireland.

Council / Staff / Committee

Honorary Officers of the College

  • President Dr Alison Blake
  • Vice President Professor Billy Power
  • President Elect Dr Patricia Quinlan
  • Honorary Treasurer Mr Mark Cahill
  • Honorary Secretary Maureen Hillery 

College Council

The Council of the College are elected for a three year term by the qualifying members of the College

Current members of Council:

  • Susan Kelly
  • Marie HIckey Dwyer 
  • John Doris 
  • Ian Dooley
  • Marc Guerin
  • Gerry Fahy
  • Dara Kilmartin
  • Fiona Kearns
  • Richard Comer

Clinical Lead for National Clinical Programme in Ophthalmology: William Power

Dean of Post Graduate Education: Yvonne Delaney 

Programme Director for Surgical Training; Gerry Fahy

College Committees

The College has several committees that address the business of the College incl;

  • Manpower, Education & Training Committee; Chair Gerry Fahy. Committee members; Conor Murphy, Fiona Kearns, Billy Power, Patricia Quinlan, Maureen Hillery, Zubair Idrees, Ian Flitcroft, Donal Brosnahan, John Stokes, Deirdre Townley, Marie Hickey Dwyer, Shauna Quinn, Lisa McAnena, Michael O'Rourke, Maedbh Rhatigan
  • Medical Ophthalmologists Committee; Chair Fiona Kearns. Committee members;  Alison Blake, Catherine McCrann, Iain Harrison, Garry Treacy, Grace O'Malley, Margaret Morgan, Paddy Condon, John Traynor, John Smith, Susan Mullaney, Geraldine Comer, Sacha Hutchinson, Joanne Kearney, Loretta Nolan.
  • Ethics Committee; Chair Patricia Quinlan. Committee members; Paddy Condon, Louis Collum, Marc Guerin, Patricia McGettrick, Lisa McAnena
  • Scientific and Continuing Professional Development Committee; Chair Ian Dooley. Committee members; Billy Power, Alison Blake, Denise Curtin, Geraldine Comer, Eugene Ng 

Educational Supervisors:

  • Zubair Idrees (Cork University Hospital)  
  • Donal Brosnahan (Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin)
  • John Stokes (University Hospital Waterford)
  • Deirdre Townley (Galway University Hospital)
  • Marie Hickey Dwyer (University Hospital Limerick)
  • Shauna Quinn (Sligo University Hospital)

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