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Leading journalist Dearbhail McDonald to deliver ‘Lessons in Leadership’ lecture at RCSI

14 January 2015

Ms Dearbhail McDonald, Associate Editor and Legal Editor of the Irish Independent, will present a talk entitled ‘Lessons in Leadership’ this evening as part of the RCSI Institute of Leadership Lecture Series. The lecture will be delivered to approximately 100 health professionals at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Ms McDonald will examine leadership in disruptive times, with an emphasis on leadership in challenging clinical situations and the role of political leadership. In her presentation, she will also explore how “authenticity of voice” is a key leadership competency.

Dearbhail McDonald delivers her Lessons in Leadership lecture

Ms McDonald commented, "I am looking forward to presenting in RCSI on the theme of leadership.  I hope to reflect on cases, and look at the role of political leadership, clinical leadership and discuss how we can learn from the past and approach the future."

Professor Ciarán O’ Boyle, Director of the RCSI Institute of Leadership said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s most experienced journalists, Dearbhail McDonald, to deliver this evening’s 'Lessons in Leadership’ lecture.  Dearbhail’s own leadership capability was recognised in 2012 when she was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship. These Fellowships identify, empower and link outstanding leaders from around the world, helping them to achieve significant outcomes across sectors and borders.

Professor Ciaran O'Boyle makes a presentation to Dearbhail McDonald following her talk

The RCSI Institute of Leadership is Ireland's only third level institution dedicated exclusively to developing the leadership and management capacity of health professionals. While the Institute is an academic institution, it maintains close connections with the world of healthcare delivery. Its Masters programmes are characterised by flexibility, speed of response, customer service and a blended learning approach that allows students to learn while continuing to work. The Institute has campuses in Dublin, Bahrain & Dubai and it also delivers programmes in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Camilla Carroll, Dr Elaine Breslin, Dr Conor McCarthy

Tonight’s lecture is now fully booked but you can join the conversation online, at 6pm on the night, on Twitter at #RCSILeadership The RCSI Institute of Leadership Lecture Series is free of charge but registration is essential in order to guarantee a place.  For further information and to register for future lectures visit:

Mr Bryan Sheridan, Professor Hannah McGee (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI), Dr Donal de Buitleir

RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation that focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health, worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree-awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates.

Dr Rhona Mahony, Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Ms Sibeal Carolan