11th Annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture

27 November 2017

The Council and Staff of FLAC cordially invite you to the 11th Annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture which will be delivered by European Ombudsman Ms. Emily O'Reilly at The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 on Monday November 27th at 18.00.

Registration is from 17.30 with tea and coffee on arrival. The lecture will be based on Access to Justice and will be followed by a reception.

Attendance is free and open to all, but, as places are limited, pre-registration is essential. To secure your place, please register using our online registration form. Alternatively, contact Erin Dunleavy by emailing events [at] or by calling FLAC at 01 887 3600.

  • Emily O'Reilly was elected as the European Ombudsman in July 2013 and took office on 1 October 2013. She was re-elected in December 2014 for a five year mandate. She is an author and former journalist and broadcaster who became Ireland's first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in 2003 and in 2007 she was also appointed Commissioner for Environmental Information. As former political editor, broadcaster and author, her career attracted significant domestic and international recognition including a Harvard University Fellowship in 1988 and multiple national awards. She has written three critically acclaimed books on Irish politics and media and is a current member of the International Advisory Board of Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms.O'Reilly is a graduate of University College Dublin with a Degree in European Languages and Literature (1979) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin (1980). She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by the National University in Ireland in 2008 for her work in promoting human rights throughout her career as a journalist and through her work as Ombudsman. In 2014 she was conferred a second time with an Honorary Doctorate of Law from University College Dublin in Ireland. In the course of her journalistic career, she won two awards: Journalist of the Year and Woman Journalist of the Year.
  • The late Dave Ellis was a community activist who dedicated his career to working with community groups in areas including welfare rights, legal aid, legal education, and legal entitlements generally. Dave was a Community Law Officer at Coolock Community Law Centre (now Community Law & Mediation) for more than twenty years. He subsequently established Community Legal Resource to provide information, training and support for the non-for profit and community sector.
  •  The Pillar Room is in the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital on Parnell Square. Direct access is via the blue gates beside the Gate Theatre which will be open for the duration of the event. The Rotunda Hospital car park will be open from 17.30 at the cost of €6. On street parking is limited.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you require sign-language interpretation or other assistance to access the event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements. 

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Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

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