About Us

History of Our Hospital

March 9th 2018
The Hospital announced a formal name change to Tallaght University Hospital. The change of title reflected the of the Hospital's position as one of the country's leading academic teaching hospitals. The evolution of Tallaght Hospital to Tallaght University Hospital formalises our status as one of the country's major academic teaching hospitals that continues to be at the forefront of innovative research. 

June 21st 1998
On June 21st 1998, 115 patients were transferred to Tallaght from the Adelaide, Meath and National Children's Hospitals in Dublin's city centre. This move happened after months of planning and detailed logistics. During the course of the day 12 Eastern Health Board ambulances transported patients, accompanied by our medical and nursing staff, from the city centre to Tallaght along a planned route via South Circular Road, the Naas Road and the Belgard Road. Intensive Care (ICU) and Coronary Care (CCU) patients were transferred to Tallaght in a high-tech ambulance with its own mobile intensive care unit called MICAS.

A team of medical and nursing staff was on stand-by at the Meath Hospital, National Children’s Hospital in Harcourt Street and in Tallaght throughout the transfer of patients. Prior to opening day, a removal company was hired to pack and move furniture, equipment and files: over 170,000 patient records and almost 50,000 patients' X-Rays. The move to Tallaght was a carefully-planned and extremely smooth-running operation thanks to the huge effort from staff and volunteers. From 23rd June, new patients were admitted to the Hospital and clinical activity built up steadily.

Planning for the move
Planning for the Tallaght development began in 1981 when the Department of Health appointed the Tallaght Hospital Board to oversee the planning, building and equipping of the Hospital. In 1985, architectural competition results were published, with Robinson Keefe Devane Architects being appointed to design the new Hospital. Construction was approved in 1993 and building commenced in October of that year. Construction was completed in 1998. The Hospital was established under a Charter, agreed in Dail Eireann, on 1st August 1996. Today, Tallaght is a public, voluntary, teaching Hospital, funded by the Health Service Executive.

The Building 
At a capital cost of £140M, the new development at Tallaght was one of the largest capital investments in healthcare ever undertaken by the State. Children, adults and older people are cared for at the hospital, which has 562 beds, 12 theatres, and 14 Critical Care beds.

Built on a 35-acre site, the Hospital’s main corridor, Hospital Street, is 353.1 metres long - about a quarter of a mile.

It is a unique challenge, bringing together over 600 years of medical and nursing care and education from the very different traditions of the Adelaide Hospital, the Meath Hospital and the National Children's Hospital (Harcourt Street).

The Adelaide Hospital
The Adelaide Hospital was founded in 1839 to serve the disadvantaged Protestant population of Dublin. Like the Meath and National Children's Hospitals, the Adelaide Hospital was run on a voluntary basis - its survival dependent on the generosity of others and the dedication of its staff. Famous for its nursing school, which was founded in 1859 by Miss Bramwell who had worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, the Adelaide has been at the forefront of many medical advances. It was, for example, the first general hospital in Dublin to introduce a skin clinic (in 1868), a gynaecological unit (in 1868) and the bacteriological control of milk (in 1904).

The Meath Hospital
The Meath Hospital is the oldest of the three hospitals, founded in 1753. Situated in the ‘liberty’ of the Earl of Meath, the Hospital was opened to serve the sick and poor in the crowded area of the Liberties in Dublin. In the 19th Century the Meath Hospital achieved world-wide fame as a result of the revolutionary teaching methods and groundbreaking research carried out by Graves and Stokes, physicians of the Hospital. In more recent times, the Hospital developed specialised services in the fields of urology, psychiatry, orthopaedics, haematology, endocrinology and nephrology.

The National Children's Hospital
In 1821 a number of eminent Dublin doctors - concerned with the lack of treatment available for sick children in the city - founded the National Children's Hospital. It was the first hospital devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick children in Ireland and Britain. Indeed, one of the hospitals’ early students, Dr. Charles West, returned to London and founded Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1852.

Hospital Board

Directors of Tallaght University Hospital Board

In accordance with bye laws made in November 2014 under the Tallaght University Hospital Charter, the Board of Tallaght University Hospital consists of an 11 Member Non-Executive Board. The Chief Executive and appropriate members of the Executive Management Team attend and participate fully in all Board meetings.

Non-Executive Directors
Mr. Liam Dowdall (Chairman)
Mrs. Mairéad Shields
Archdeacon David Pierpoint
Professor Patricia Barker
Mr. David Seaman
Mr. John Hennessy
Professor Kathy Monks
Mr. Mark Varian
Dr. Anne Marie Brady 
Mr. Edward Fleming
Dr. Darach Ó Ciardha

Senior Management in attendance at Board Meetings
Ms. Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive 
Mr. Dermot Carter, Director of Finance
Mr. Peter Lavin, Clinical Director Medical Directorate 
Prof. Catherine Wall, Director Quality Safety & Risk Management
Prof. John Quinlan, Chair of the Medical Board
Prof. Paul Ridgway, Lead Clinical Director & Clinical Director Peri-Operative Directorate
Ms. Áine Lynch, Director of Nursing
Mr. John Kelly, Chief Operations Officer
Ms. Sharon Larkin, Director of Human Resources

Board Secretary - Ms. Madeline O'Neill

Board Agendas & Minutes

Hospital Board Agenda - 19th October 2020
Hospital Board Minutes - 19th October 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 27th July 2020

Hospital Board Minutes - 27th July 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 25th May 2020

Hospital Board Minutes - 25th May 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 27th April 2020
Hospital Board Minutes - 27th April 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 30th March 2020

Hospital Board Minutes - 30th March 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 27th January 2020

Hospital Board Minutes - 27th January 2020

Hospital Board Agenda - 25th November 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - 25th November 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - 21st October 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - 21st October 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - 23rd September 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - 23rd September 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - 22nd July 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - 22nd July 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - May 20th 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - May 20th 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - April 15th 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - April 15th 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - March 25th 2019

Hospital Board Minutes - March 25th 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - January 21st 2019
Hospital Board Minutes - January 21st 2019

Hospital Board Agenda - December 19th 2018

Hospital Board Minutes - December 19th 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - October 22nd 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - October 22nd 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - September 24th 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - September 24th 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - July 23rd 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - July 23rd 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - May 21st 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - May 21st 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - April 23rd 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - April 23rd 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - March 26th 2018

Hospital Board Minutes - March 26th 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - January 22nd 2018
Hospital Board Minutes - January 22nd 2018

Hospital Board Agenda - November 20th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - November 20th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - October 23rd 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - October 23rd 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - September 25th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - September 25th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - July 24th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - July 24th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - June 19th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - June 19th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - May 22nd 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - May 22nd 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - May 11th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - May 11th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - March 20th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - March 20th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - February 20th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - February 20th 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - January 23rd 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - January 23rd 2017

Hospital Board Agenda - November 21st 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - November 21st 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - October 24th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - October 24th 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - September 19th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - September 19th 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - July 18th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - July 18th 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - June 20th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - June 20th 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - May 23rd 2016

Hospital Board Minutes - May 23rd 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - 18th April 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 18th April 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - 14th March 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 14th March 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - 17th February 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 17th February 2016

Hospital Board Agenda - 25th November 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 25th November 2015

Hospital Board Agenda - 28th October 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 28th October 2015

Hospital Board Agenda - 30th September 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 30th September 2015

Hospital Board Agenda - 29th July 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 29th July 2015

Hospital Board Agenda - 24th June 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 24th June 2015

TUH Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual - September 2018
The corporate governance manual provides members of the TUH Hospital Board with the information they need about corporate governance to perform their duties to the highest standards of accountability, integrity and propriety. It sets out the systems and procedures by which the Hospital Board directs and controls its functions and manages its business. You can read the manual through this link

A Statement of Information Practices at Tallaght University Hospital

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. TUH must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 1988. The 1988 Act was amended by the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003. The 2003 Amendment Act brought our law into line with the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

We are committed to complying with all applicable privacy laws which govern how the Hospital collects, uses, discloses and stores your personal information. This page sets out to explain how the Hospital will handle your personal information, you can read the more detailed Statement of Information Practice here. You can also write to the Hospital's Data Protection Officer to request more information.

Information Governance

Information governance is the set of standards we must follow in handling personal healthcare records. Good information governance means that all personal health information is handled legally, securely, efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best possible care to people who use our services.

It also includes sharing of relevant personal health information with our healthcare providers where appropriate.

What does it involve?

  • We must manage our records effectively. This means that information should be accurate, up to date and accessible when it is needed.
  • We must ensure that information is kept securely and is accessed only by those who should be accessing it.
  • We must protect the confidentiality of the information – information provided in confidence should not be used or disclosed in a way that might identify an individual without a legal basis for processing.
  • Patients have a right to access health information about themselves – Please see full policy

What personal information we hold 

In order to provide you with the highest quality of healthcare, we need to keep records about you. These records may include:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, date of birth, next of kin
  • Contact we have had with you, such as clinic visits and hospital admissions
  • Notes and reports about your health and details of any treatment and care you need or have received either from us or from other healthcare providers, such as your GP, primary care team, other hospitals, community health organisation/services and pharmacy
  • Results of investigations such as X-rays and laboratory tests

What will we use your information for?

The people who provide healthcare to you will use your records to:

  • Confirm your identity when we contact you, or when you contact us
  • Make decisions about your ongoing care and treatment
  • Make sure your care is safe and effective
  • Check the quality of your care
  • To ensure a safe care journey through our hospital and onto other care providers if/when required
  • While the primary purpose of the Hospital is the treatment of patients, the Hospital is also an institute of learning and innovation for clinical staff and conducts research in support of the continued development of future health treatments. (All research conducted is subject to specific patient consent)

Do I have a choice? 

No. If you wish to receive safe and appropriate care and treatment at our hospital we must maintain an accurate record of relevant information about you.

However, if you have any concerns about providing information or how we share this information with other healthcare providers, please contact our Data Protection Officer on (01) 414 2015 so that you fully understand the reason why we capture this information.

Do you share information about me with anyone?

Yes, as part of your continuing care we may also share relevant information about you with other relevant organisations who may be involved in your care at some point. For example:

  • Other hospitals that are involved in your care and treatment
  • Your GP
  • Community Healthcare Organisations and their services
  • Local authorities
  • Primary care
  • Pharmacy

When we do share information with other organisations involved in your care, we do so under a formal agreement about how it will be used and kept confidential. We will not disclose your information to any other third parties without your permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as if the health and safety of others is at risk or if there is a legislative requirement us to pass on information.

Relevant information about you may also be used to help us to:

  • Manage finances e.g. billing and costings
  • Teach and train our staff
  • Manage and plan our services
  • To perform clinical audits
  • Help investigate concerns or complaints that you or your family may have about your healthcare.

Wherever possible we use information that would not identify you personally (anonymous information).

Do you use my information for research?

Yes. Tallaght University Hospital is an academic teaching hospital associated with Trinity College Dublin and we support and promote research activity within the Hospital. Research has a vital role to play in the development of healthcare and health service delivery.

Our Research Ethics Committee must approve research before it takes place. If we wish to use your personal information for research then we will ask you for permission first. You will not be identified in any published results without your prior agreement.

Can I see the information you hold about me?

Yes. It is your right to access any identifiable information we hold about you. The Freedom of Information Act, General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Acts allows you to find what information is held about you on computer and in certain paper records.

There are two ways to request a copy of your personal healthcare records by post or email the details of which are below. The length of time it takes to process your request can vary depending on the records you are looking for and how many other requests are being processed at the same time. 

To request a copy of your medical record by post write to: The Release of Information Dept, Tallaght University Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 D24 NR0A

To request a copy of your medical record by email: roi@tuh.ie

Tallaght University Hospital Child Safeguarding Statement

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all children in our care. Child protection is the responsibility of all staff and to support this there are a number of mechanisms in place. The Hospitals practice is informed by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, DOH 2017. The guidelines for practice currently in TUH are a collaborative set of guidelines that are underpinned by the National Guidance. It is mandatory for all staff to be familiar with these guidelines and complete HSE Children First training.

TUH has an active Children First Implementation Committee chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive. TUH also complies with the Garda Vetting requirements in the recruitment of staff to the Hospital.

TUH will continue to strive to ensure all Children are cared for in a safe, secure and caring environment. Copies of the TUH and CHI at Tallaght Safeguarding Statements are available via the following links: TUH Adult Service / CHI at Tallaght

If you have any queries regarding child protection in the Hospital please contact the Hospital Social Work Department on 01 414 2462. This line is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC)

Established in 2013 the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC) was set up with the support of the Executive Management Team of TUH. The PCAC is dedicated to the improvement of quality in patient care at TUH and help support the Hospital’s values.

The group meets eight times a year provides an opportunity for the Hospital to hear directly from patients, users of our services on their experience during their patient journey with the Hospital. Provide feedback on current systems and processes in the Hospital and give their thoughts on new systems being introduced and generate new ideas to improve the standard of care.

The PCAC is composed of groups representing the Community along with staff of the Hospital.

Catherine Heaney
Catherine Heaney - Chair of the Patient Community Advisory Council 
Catherine is the coordinator of the Fettercairn Community Health Project and has worked as a Community Development Practitioner for over 20 years. She has a BA Degree in Leadership and Community Development in addition to being a qualified Complementary Therapist and Teacher. She has been using Community Development approaches to health for 15 years in her work.

Catherine is the Local Area Coordinator for the Living Well Programme, having trained as a Master Trainer in Chronic Disease Self-Management at Stanford University Patient Research Department and has been delivering the programme in the Community since 2011.  She has also trained as a Smoking Cessation Practitioner and as a Fit For Work & Life Facilitator with the Irish Cancer Society and has many years’ experience working as a facilitator in different capacities with a broad range of groups across the Tallaght community.

Catherine has been a member of the Patient & Community Advisory Council for six years and has been the Chairperson of this group from December 2016, she is a passionate advocate for the community in which she lives and works to support.
Declan Daly
Declan Daly - Patient Representative & Vice Chair of the PCAC 
Declan has a MBs in Co-operative and Social Enterprise and has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years in both voluntary capacity and also as a CEO.

Due to a long term chronic health condition, Declan became involved with the Living Well Programme as a participant, became a Volunteer Leader and has now completed his Master Training in Chronic Disease Self-Management and Cancer Thriving and Surviving.  Declan has now shifted his focus to the Community Sector and is currently the Lay Co-Coordinator for the Living Well Programme with Fettercairn Community Health Project.  Declan brings his understanding of the difficulties associated with reduced mobility to the PCAC and has the ability to articulate the voice of members within his community who have similar mobility issues.

Declan is committed to improving the role of the community in the development of Tallaght University Hospital and its services, he is also the patient representative on the Quality, Safety and Risk Management board (QSRM) for the Hospital.
Aine Lynch
Áine Lynch - Director of Nursing, Tallaght University Hospital 
Áine moved from the Adelaide Hospital to Tallaght University Hospital on the day it opened on June 21st 1998. She has spent almost two decades working in several positions at Tallaght including Clinical Nurse Manager II in Trauma Orthopaedics, Clinical Facilitator in Orthopaedic Nursing, Nurse Practice Development Advisor and Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator in the Adult Services. In her earlier career, she also spent five years working abroad in both the UK and Saudi Arabia. 

She moved from Tallaght University Hospital to the HSE in 2016 for just over a year where she initially worked as Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Officer and later held the role of Interim Director at the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (Dublin, South Kildare & Wicklow) for a period of nine months. This provided her with a unique opportunity to support nurses in all disciplines: midwifery, mental health, intellectual disability, public health and older persons care.

Áine was very happy to return to Tallaght University Hospital in April 2017 as she believes it maintains a strong focus on ‘people caring for people’. Along with the nursing service, she is also executive lead for the Patient Advocacy, Pastoral Care and Arts and Health Departments and the Patient and Community Advisory Council.
Carol Mullin
Carol Mullins - Patient Advocacy Co-ordinator & Patient Experience Lead, Tallaght University Hospital 
Carol Mullins is the Patient Advocacy Co-ordinator & Patient Experience Lead for Tallaght University Hospital. In this role she represents the patients of the Hospital who want to provide feedback on their patient experience positive and negative. She deals with the medical staff in resolving any questions or queries patients have about their experience during their patient care.

This Hospital service vice was established in 2002 by Carol and she remains the driving force behind the development of the service. The objectives of Patient Advocacy is to represent the patient voice, advise senior management on learnings and continuous improvement projects that can be established based on the evidence of feedback received, positive and negative. This all ultimately leads to the delivery of safer patient care which is the mission of the Hospital.

Carol has over 20 years’ experience working in healthcare. She has extensive experience in the delivery of front line services having worked as Administrative Manager in the Emergency Department before undertaking her current role. She has participated in the Patient Community Advisory Council since its establishment in 2012.
Amanda McCormack
Amanda Mc Cormack - Clinical Nurse Manager, Tallaght University Hospital 
Amanda is a Clinical Nurse Manager on the Children’s Day Ward in the paediatric service at Tallaght University Hospital. She trained as a General Nurse in the Hospital and worked in the Adult service for a number of years. Following some travelling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand she worked as a nurse in a variety of health settings. Upon her return to Ireland she continued her nursing training in paediatrics and has worked in the Children’s service for over 10 years and it is an area of healthcare she thoroughly enjoys. 

A proud native of Tallaght, Amanda is both living and working in the area raising her family. Amanda joined the PCAC in 2015 and thoroughly enjoys participating in the group which is so closely aligned to the area that she is from and so supportive of.
Joanne Coffe
Joanne Coffey - Communications Manager, Tallaght University Hospital
In her role as Communications Manager for the Hospital, Joanne acts as the communications link within the Hospital and also to our surrounding communities, keeping everyone informed of news and events that take place involving Tallaght University Hospital.

A former volunteer tutor with the National Adult Literacy Agency, she has a great enthusiasm for keeping things simple and ensuring any information presented by the Hospital is done in an accessible way. As a member of the PCAC since 2014 she has involved the group in many different initiatives, such as the new hospital website, Know My Medicines and the Tallaght University Hospital Patient App. She makes every effort to ensure that the interests of the patient is at the forefront of everything that is developed by the Hospital.

She is also the key link between the Hospital and community in developing a growing popular series of Public Health Education talks. These events bring various members of speciality medical teams out into the community to educate on various health topics and answer questions from members of the public.


Capital Development Plans

Looking towards building a sustainable, modern healing environment
Built in 1998 Tallaght University Hospital opened serving a community of approx. 62,121 people. The Hospital now services a population of over 640,000 people and is consistently operating with a deficit of beds. With census forecasting this demand will continue to increase with the number of people aged 75 or over in Tallaght increase by 322% over the next 20 years. To put this in perspective the number of people aged 75 or over in South Dublin will increase by 170% in the same time period.

The Hospital has a series of planned capital developments to enhance the infrastructure and environment for patients, their families, the public and staff. This presentation outlines the Hospitals plans.

Tallaght University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. With 562 beds, 12 theatres and 14 Critical Care beds in operation, the hospital treats over 410,000 patients per year and employs almost 3,000 staff. The Hospital provides access for patients to over 20 medical and surgical specialties, with comprehensive on-site Laboratory and Radiology support services. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght University Hospital is one of two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others.

Tallaght University Hospital is a Voluntary Hospital underpinned by the legal status of a Chartered Corporation established under Statutory Instrument, providing adult and paediatric services to a catchment population of approximately 450,000 people (80% of which are located in South Dublin and parts of Kildare), and serves approximately 200 General Practitioners. Mental Health services operate on-site under HSE governance structures, with close operational alignment to the adult services provided by Tallaght Hospital.

The Trinity Health Ireland (THI) collaborative agreement underpins Tallaght University Hospital’s valued relationships with Trinity College Dublin (TCD), St. James's Hospital, and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Uniquely, Tallaght University Hospital operates within two Hospital Group Structures — the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) and the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) — and within Dublin South Central Primary Care Community Health Organisation (CHO) Area Seven. Tallaght University Hospital has long-standing strategic and operational alliances with Naas General Hospital and Peamount Healthcare,
among other healthcare providers within the region.

The Tallaght University Hospital Campus is 31 acres in size, with significant future development capacity, annual gross expenditure is in excess of €0.25bn.

The Hospital opened on June 21st 1998 through the amalgamation of three independent voluntary hospitals: the Adelaide, the Meath and the National Children’s Hospital (NCH). Founded in 1839, the Adelaide Hospital was famous for its nursing school; the Meath Hospital, the oldest voluntary hospital and the oldest university teaching hospital in the country, was founded in 1753; and the NCH, the first dedicated children’s hospital in Ireland and Britain, was founded in 1821. The Adelaide, the Meath and the NCH have a long and proud history of providing specialist services to patients in Dublin. Many of the Hospital’s core strengths today originated from national and regional specialist services developed in these base hospitals, including; Urology, Orthopaedics, Nephrology and General Paediatric services.

Mission Statement of our Hospital

The mission of the Hospital is patient focused, it is to: 

  • Service the healthcare needs of the community
  • Provide care based on best practice
  • Enhance our patients’ wellbeing through education and information 
  • Educate healthcare students in partnership with third level institutions
  • Support our staff in lifelong learning
  • Undertake and support research for improved patient and public care
  • Develop voluntary participation and support

Our core values which support our mission statement are:

  • Respect for patient autonomy
  • Respect for each other
  • Caring
  • Openness
  • Partnership and teamwork
  • Fairness and equity

Our Foundations

While representing a modern approach to healthcare provision and education, Tallaght University Hospital has a long and valued tradition of serving the needs of patients from right across the country. Through the support of our Foundations, the Hospital is at the forefront of healthcare provision in Ireland. More information on the Foundations can be found through the following links.

AHLAdelaide Health Foundation – The Adelaide Health Foundation is a voluntary independent charitable organisation which seeks to advance healthcare that is centred upon the dignity of every human being and that provides equal access to quality healthcare based upon clinical need. As one of the foundations of Tallaght University Hospital, it uses voluntary funds to support healthcare projects and initiatives both in the Hospital and in the local community. Its Health Policy Department produces authoritative, evidence-based research and health policy analysis to inform Irish health policy, management and services. The Foundation nominates students to be admitted to the Adelaide School of Nursing to undertake their BSc Nursing (General) in Trinity College, Dublin and Tallaght University Hospital and it administers a Bursary Scheme for eligible students of the Adelaide School of Nursing. For further information please click here.
Meath Foundation Logo 2019The Meath Foundation has evolved from its former role as the Board of the Meath Hospital to a situation where it nominates one person as a Non Executive Director to the Board of Tallaght University Hospital. 

The Meath Foundation Board of Directors and members include former staff of the Meath Hospital, Members of the Foundation, staff of Tallaght University Hospital and members of the community. The Meath Foundation supports healthcare research, education and quality improvements and arts and health at Tallaght University Hospital for the benefit of the community and within the hospital service. To learn more about the foundation click here

TUH Foundation LogoTallaght University Hospital Foundation is transforming healthcare for you and every member of our community. The Tallaght University Hospital Foundation is here to push the boundaries in how we provide this exceptional healthcare to our community.  We research, innovate and discover so that your experience at our hospital is exceptional from the moment you seek our care. Join us in shaping the future of healthcare in Ireland. Together, we are TUHF.

Research Ethics Committee

Tallaght University Hospital / St. James's Hospital Joint Research Ethics Committee

For the Attention of all Researchers

Update regarding Ethical Review of Submissions:

  1. New submissions:
    1. Submissions made before 30.11.2020 are currently under review, a letter will be issued in January for the low risk studies all other studies have been assigned to the Jan/Feb and March Meetings.
    2. Submissions made from 01.12.2020 will be reviewed in 2021. Please allow 3 months for approval.
  2. Amendments/Response to Comments/Reports
    1. Submissions made before the 30.11.2020 were reviewed and a letter has been sent to the applicant. If you did not receive a letter please email sadhbh.oneill@TUH.ie.
    2. Submissions made from 01.12.2020 will be reviewed in 2021. Please allow 3 months for approval.


The JREC and Research Office are installing a new online application and communication platform during January. This is expected to go live in February. As a result from the 4th January the JREC will no longer be accepting any form of submission until the platform goes live. THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED ONCE THE SYSTEM IS LIVE.

Thank you for your understanding with this, we will begin accepting applications again at the earliest opportunity

Thank you,

The Joint Research Ethics Committee


  • On the 11th April 2020 the DoH formed a National Research Ethics Committee (NREC) to review COVID-19 research studies.
  • Below is a list of studies the NREC will review and the local JREC can continue to review. 
  • Please consult the below lists before completing the application form as the NREC and JREC have different application forms.
  • If unsure of which category your study fits into please contact the JREC manager sadhbh.oneill@tuh.ie

COVID-19 NREC-LREC study reviews_24.04.2020

NOTICE: ** The Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect on 25th May 2018 and the Health Research Regulations 2018 came into effect on 8th August 2018. This legislation has important implications for data processing in health research** (See Section: DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS).

1. Purpose:

  • The Tallaght University Hospital (TUH)/ St. James’ Hospital (SJH) Joint Research Ethics Committee (REC) provides ethical review of research studies in which patients and sometimes healthy volunteers are either:
  1. Direct participants
  2. Their medical records are used
  3. Their biological samples are used (Clinical Study)
  • The TUH/SJH also provides ethical review of non-clinical research but this service is generally restricted to research undertaken at TUH and SJH.
  • The REC does not generally review audit, service development or usual practice projects, as such projects are not classified as ‘research’. Approval for audit or service development should be discussed with and obtained through the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Directorate. 
  • Although a number of features distinguish ‘research’ from ‘audit’ or ‘service development’, the REC pays particular attention to the intent of the project in determining whether a project is classified as ‘research’, as outlined below.

       - If the intent of the project is to generate new and/or generalisable knowledge (i.e. for dissemination outside the local organisation), then the project is classified as ‘research’ and ethical approval through the REC is required.

       - If the intent of the project is to generate local knowledge (i.e. for dissemination within the local organisation only), then the project is not classified as ‘research’ and ethical approval through the REC is not required.

  • Some projects may have elements of ‘research’, ‘audit’ and ‘service development’ and the REC can provide advice on whether research ethics approval is required. 
  • Any requests to the REC for advice on the need for research ethics approval are expected to be accompanied by a completed standard application form (see RESOURCES). 
  • The NHS Health Research Authority in conjunction with the UK's Medical Research Council have developed a useful tool to help decide if a project is a research, audit, service evaluation or usual practice (available at: How to Classify my Research Stud).

2. Clinical Trials:

  • The TUH/SJH REC is approved to provide ethical review of clinical trials of medicinal products as required under European Communities Regulation (S.I. Number 190/2004). 
  • These trials may be international and/or multi-site. 
  • The trial sponsor may seek approval from any approved REC in the country, of which there are currently twelve, and approval for each site is required from the local CEO/Hospital Manager. 
  • A new European Communities Regulation (536/2014) has been adopted and is expected to be implemented during 2019. Further information is available from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (available at: HPRA - Clinical Trials).

3. Membership:

  • The TUH/SJH REC consists of 21 members, both expert and lay members.
  • An expert member means a member who:

       - is a practising or retired health practitioner;
       - has qualifications or experience relating to the conduct of health research;
       - has qualifications or experience in the area of ethics, statistics, social sciences, philosophy or theology;
       - is a practising or retired barrister or solicitor.

  • Most expert members are health practitioners working in TUH/SJH.
  • A lay member means a member who is not an expert member (i.e. who does not fall into any of the above categories). Lay members are often current or former patients of TUH/SJH.
  • The current Chairperson is Professor Richard Deane and Deputy Chairperson is Dr Anne-Marie Tobin. 
  • Individuals interested in joining the REC as a member are welcome to contact the REC Officer for further information.

1. The Committee’s Work:

  • The TUH/SJH REC follows the Operational Procedures for RECs Guidance issued by the Irish Council for Bioethics (2004) (available at: Irish Council for Bioethics). The full REC meets ten times each year and reviews between eight and ten applications at each meeting.

2. Expedited Review (Chairman’s Action):

  • Applications that do not raise any material ethical issues (i.e. present minimal risk to participants) may be suitable for an ‘Expedited Review’ (also known as a ‘Chairman’s Action’). All applications approved through an expedited review are endorsed by the full REC.

3. Decisions: The REC issues one of the following decisions in relation to a valid application:
      I. The study is APPROVED (Final Opinion): The study is approved. The applicant may conduct the research as outlined in the application form submitted to the REC.
      II. The study is PROVISIONALLY APPROVED: The study is approved subject to recommended revisions to the application and/or responses to questions posed. The applicant must resubmit any revisions and/or responses to the REC before receiving final approval for the study. No research may be conducted prior to receiving final approval.
      III. A decision on study approval is DEFERRED: The REC requires further information from the applicant and/or referee (expert opinion) before a decision can be reached.
IV. The study is NOT APPROVED (Final Opinion): The REC has not approved the study. The applicant is given a full explanation of the REC’s decision with or without an invitation to resubmit a substantially altered proposal for reconsideration.

  • Approximately 75% of all applications are either provisionally approved or approved.

4. Submission:

  • All applications must consist of a fully completed application form (see RESOURCES) with supporting documents. There are different application forms for clinical trials and non-clinical trials (see RESOURCES). All applications submitted on or after 8th August 2018 must use the revised application form (see RESOURCES).
  • For both Clinical and non-clinical trials please submit an electronic and hard copy of your application.
  • All electronic applications must be submitted to ResearchEthics@tuh.ie
  • All electronic copies must be in WORD format.


  • The Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect on 25th May 2018 and the Health Research Regulations 2018 (S.I. No 314 of 2018) came into effect on 8th August 2018. Further information on the implications of this legislation for researchers is available from the Health Research Board (available at: HRB-GDPR).
  • ** Applications where explicit consent of data subjects is not obtained**: 

      - The legislation requires that, in general, the explicit consent of a data subject is obtained in order to use the subject’s personal data for research purposes.
      - All research applications where the explicit consent of data subjects is not obtained must, in addition to obtaining research ethics approval from the local REC, apply to a new national ‘Health Research Consent Declaration Committee’ (HRCDC) who must make a consent declaration on behalf of the data subjects before the application can be approved and research can proceed.
      - In order for the consent declaration to be made by the HRCDC the researcher must demonstrate that the public interest in carrying out the research significantly outweighs the public interest in requiring the explicit consent of the data subject. The Health Research Board have created a flow chart to assist researchers in establishing whether a consent declaration application is required (available at: HRB - Decision Tree).
      - In relation to the requirement to obtain a consent declaration from the national HRCDC for applications where explicit consent of data subjects is not obtained, researchers should note the following.

  • Consent ‘waivers’ issued by RECs (under the HSE’s National Consent Policy 2017) are not an alternative to a consent declaration made by the HRCDC. Therefore, the TUH/SJH REC (or any other REC) is not in a position make a consent declaration – this can only be made by the HRCDC.
  • Identifiable and pseudonymised data (e.g. data linked by code) is classified as personal data by GDPR and is subject to this requirement. Fully (irrevocably) anonymised data is not classified as personal data and is not subject to this requirement. However, consent is required to process personal data to make the data fully (irrevocably) anonymised and is subject to this requirement.
  • All research applications that receive REC approval on or after the 8th August 2018 are subject to this requirement. However, the HRCDC is yet to be established by the Department of Health / Health Research Board, although an assurance has been given that it will be in place by 1st November 2018. It appears from the legislation that local REC approval is required before an application to the HRCDC can be made. 
  • However, as the remit of the local REC in such applications is unclear, the TUH/SJH REC is not in a position to approve any such applications until clarification from the Department of Health / Health Research Board is received.


  • The meeting dates for the full TUH/SJH REC are as follows:

Meeting Dates 2021:

20th January 2021

24th February 2021

24th March 2021

21st April 2021

19th May 2021

23rd June 2021

21st July 2021

August – No meeting

22nd September 2021

20th October 2021

17th November 2021

December – No meeting

‘Please note there are currently no submission deadlines for the 2020 meetings. Your study will be reviewed and assigned to the next available meeting if necessary. For Clinical Trials of IMPs and Device Trials please contact the REC Manager, Dr Sadhbh O’Neill to book a spot in the next available meeting.’

*** Applicants should be aware that there is a limit to the number of studies that can be reviewed at each REC meeting and an application may NOT be considered at the next meeting if capacity has already been reached even if the application has been submitted before the deadline.***

  • Timeline: Applicants should allow a minimum of 3 months from submission to receiving a final notification 


  • The fees for an application are as follows (See RESOURCES):

Please note that fees for clinical trials are non-negotiable.

                             TUH/SJH Ethical Approval Application Fee
Clinical Trial€1,000
Non-Clinical Trial€1,000
Site Fee (Per Site)€150
Substantial Amendment - Clinical Trial€200
Non-substantial Amendment - Clinical Trial€64
Non-clinical trial/Research Amendment€64
Non-sponsored investigator – led research studies (Admin Fee)€120


Email: ResearchEthics@tuh.ie/ Sadhbh.ONeill@tuh.ie
Phone: 01-414 2199
All ethics related queries and applications should be sent to the REC Officer.


  • Clinical Trial Related Forms

      - Initial Submission Related Forms
        Form 1 Clinical Trial Application
        Form 3 Site Specific Assessment Form
        Applicant Checklist for a Clinical Trial
        Form 6 Declaration of End of Clinical Trial
      - Amendment Submission Related Forms
        Form 4 Substantial Amendment
        Form 5 Quarterly and Annual Report

  • Non-Clinical Trial Related Forms

      - Initial Submission Related Forms
        Applicant Checklist for a Non Clinical Trial
      - Amendment Related Forms
        SJH AMNCH REC Non-Clinical Amendment Request Form

  • Patient Information Leaflet and Consent Templates

        TUH/SJH REC Patient Information Leaflet Template
        TUH/SJH REC Patient Consent Template

  Payment Information and Instructions

Reports & Publications

TUH Research Strategy
There is an important link between research and innovation and the Hospital works hard to be at the forefront of translational research that adds value to patient care. The five year strategy will encourage and foster hospital led creativity and innovation supporting the overall hospital strategy published in December 2019. The strategy identifies five priority areas with key targets set for delivering each element of the strategy. A full copy of the strategy can be accessed via this link

Annual Report 2019
In 2019 the number of Adult ED attendances increased year on year by 3% a continuing trend for the last few years with the expectation that it will continue into the future. There were 17,886 inpatient admissions, with admissions from every county in Ireland. The number of patients over 75 years also increased by 3%. The age profile of the Hospital’s patients has transitioned from a younger population to a graduate progression to an older age profile. This demographic trend presents both challenges and opportunities for the Hospital. Year on year the inpatient and daycase waiting lists are down by 3% and 14% respectively. This reduction is a result of a combination of targeted insourcing and outsourcing initiatives. You can access the document via this link

TUH Strategy 2019
People Caring for People to Live Better Lives” - is the latest five year blueprint for the development of patient-focused services that recognises both the importance of the patient and the people involved in treating and caring for them within the Hospital setting and beyond. The new strategic plan commits to addressing six areas of strategic priority over the next five years including: Good Access, Highly Integrated Care, Enhanced Infrastructure, Digital Enablement, Research & Innovation and People. You can read the document via this link.    

Annual Report 2018
There were over 420,000 patient episodes of care delivered at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) last year, according to the Hospital annual report for 2018 published today. The number of Adult Emergency Department attendances increased by 2% over the previously rear bringing the total to over 51,000. Admissions of adult patients totalled 18,694 with an increase in acuity, age and complexity of patients. There were over 32,400 attendances at the Children’s Emergency Department and over 5,574 child admissions.

Tallaght University Hospital, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, is one of the country’s largest acute teaching hospitals and a centre of excellence for a large number of specialties.  A full copy of the report can be found through this link

Annual Report 2017
The 2017 annual report highlights the continued high standards of care being maintained by the Hospital despite sustained pressure to meet increasing demands with less resources.

Year on year, the Hospital has experienced an increase in emergency activity but in 2017, attendances to the adult emergency department exceeded 50,000 for the first time since opening, representing a 2% increase since 2016. In total, there were over 83,100 attendances by adults and children to the ED in 2017. The report also shows a big increase in the number of adult inpatient emergency admissions from 15,788 in 2016 to 16,349 in 2017. A full copy of the report can be found through this link

Update on Implementation of HIQA Recommendations
In May 2012, HIQA published its report into the quality, safety and governance of care provided to acute patients admitted to TUH. This report was concluded following an 11 month inquiry into matters covering scheduled and unscheduled patient access into the Hospital, with a particular focus on the hospital’s leadership, governance and management processes. There are 76 recommendations, seven of these are local recommendations which relate specifically to TUH, two of which are matters for the Department of Health. 43 are national recommendations to be implemented by all hospitals, including TUH with the remaining 26 national recommendations falling under the remit of the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive or Special Delivery Unit.

This briefing note highlights some of the key actions taken to date and planned actions arising from the recommendations in the 2012 report, focussing particularly on specific issues to TUH. The full report is available here.

HIQA carried out an unannounced inspection of TUH against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated infections in May 2019. The previous HIQA audit was conducted in April 2018. Safe patient care is fundamental to the provision of services at TUH. The Deputy CEO and Quality, Safety & Risk Management department along with other relevant stakeholders developed a quality improvement plan to address the issues identified. A total of 86% of the actions have been completed with the remaining 14% (7) requiring funding/HSE capital funding to be completed. The Quality Improvement Plan implemented following this visit can be access through this link.

Tallaght University Hospital Quality Report 2017
The 2017 report highlights some of the key services, initiatives and achievements which staff in the Hospital have undertaken under the three pillars of Quality, Safety & Risk Management (QSRM).

Delivering quality, safety and driving quality improvements is the responsibility of all staff. TUH also has a separate QSRM Directorate, which is specifically devoted to these areas. This is supported by the QSRM Executive and the QSRM Board Committees as well as a range of relevant policies and procedures to drive a consistently high standard of care. Importantly, all of this is underpinned by a supportive, open and learning culture. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.

Tallaght Hospital Quality Report 2016
The 2016 Quality Report highlights the Hospitals commitment to providing patients with the highest possible standards of care across three key areas: Quality, Safety and Risk Management. As part of its patient-centred culture, staff at Tallaght Hospital are committed to the development of initiatives which not only ensure the delivery of consistently high quality service but also potential improvements to services. Underpinning the Hospital’s supportive, open and learning culture, staff are actively encouraged to voice any concerns and flag potential risks where appropriate. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.

Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2016
Tallaght Hospital has released its 2016 Annual Report which shows that despite a significant increase in numbers attending the Emergency Department (ED). The Hospital successfully maintained its positive Patient Experience Times (PETs). While adult ED attendances rose by more than 9% (4,100+) to 49,663 in 2016 compared to 2015, half of patients were discharged within six hours and almost three quarters (72%) were discharged within nine hours. These rates were in line with 2015 figures, demonstrating that the Hospital is maintaining its high standards despite increased demand. You can access a full copy of the report through this link

Tallaght Hospital Caring for the Future - Clinical Services Strategy 2016-2018
Tallaght Hospitals three year Clinical Services Strategy, outlines service development priorities aimed at achieving improving health outcomes for the patients the hospital serves for the next three years. The Strategy focuses on how the Hospital can best contribute as part of the Dublin Midland’s Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group.  The report can be accessed through this link

Tallaght Hospital Patient Survey Programme 2016 - January 2016
As part of its longstanding commitment to patient advocacy and ensuring a high quality patient experience, Tallaght Hospital undertook a Volunteer-Led Patient Survey Programme involving extensive patient surveys of inpatients and outpatients in 2015 to gather patient feedback and use it to improve services.  This is a copy of the Patient Survey Programme published January 20th 2016.

Tallaght Hospital Quality Report 2015
Tallaght Hospital has released its 2015 Quality Report which for the first time ever is separate from the Annual Report, highlighting the importance the Hospital places on quality assurance and improvement. This focus is aligned with both the Hospital’s ‘People Caring For People’ ethos and its ‘Zero Harm’ policy.

The report outlines some of the key services, initiatives and achievements which staff at Tallaght Hospital have undertaken in 2015 under the three pillars of Quality, Safety and Risk Management.  It shows the value the Hospital places on having a patient-centred culture and how staff are encouraged to highlight incidents, raise concerns and escalate risks where appropriate. This is the true essence of a high quality learning healthcare provider such as Tallaght Hospital. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.

Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2015 - People Caring for People 
The 2015 Annual Report shows significant reductions in waiting times across a variety of key services, including Stroke and Endoscopy. These improvements have been welcomed by Hospital management, as evidence of the continually improving standards at the hospital while acknowledging that further improvements in access times are required. The report highlights that the average length of stay for Stroke victims fell to a two year low and Tallaght Hospital retains one of the lowest mortality rates for Stroke victims in the country. In addition, waiting times for patients requiring Endoscopies decreased by 46%, leading to increased access to urgent endoscopy where required. The report can be accessed through this link

Tallaght Hospital Quality Improvement Plans - Infection Prevention Control 
On December 2nd 2015, HIQA published a report with a series of findings and recommendations following an unannounced inspection on September 23rd to assess the hospital’s progress against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Acquired Infections. Since the visit, an infection control quality improvement group has been established to develop and implement a quality improvement plan to address the issues above. This table summarises the progress which has been made against this plan.

In September 2015, HIQA carried out an unannounced inspection of Tallaght Hospital in relation to our compliance with national standards for infection prevention and control. A number of recommendations were provided as part of this report. These formed the basis of a Quality Improvement Plan which can be found here.

Health Assets and Needs Assessment (HANA) Tallaght, - September 2015
Tallaght Hospital has committed to using the findings of a landmark report on community health in Tallaght over time to inform the future provision of its services as part of it wider community engagement strategy. HANA was co funded by the Adelaide Health Foundation and Tallaght Hospital, surveyed 343 households to capture the views of the residents on key health issues including mental health, chronic illnesses as well as access to, and use of, health services.  You can access the report through this link.

Empeira Report - July 2015
Good governance is an important driver of good management, good performance, good stewardship of public funds, good public engagement and ultimately good outcomes for patients. Governance is an ongoing process which requires constant focus. The approach being taken in Tallaght Hospital involves robust systems and processes, ongoing vigilance and an open proactive learning culture. Towards the end of 2014, the Board adopted a comprehensive Code of Governance Manual which incorporated current best practice in corporate governance and published it on the Hospital website. It also adopted new bye-laws which provided for a staggered turnover among Board members and a limit on the time a person can serve on the Board (both of which accord with current best practice) as well as an increase from 9 to 11 in the size of the Board.  In early January 2015, and again in line with best practice, the Hospital Board engaged Emperia to help it undertake an externally facilitated review of its own effectiveness. Emperia’s report was considered by the Board at its meeting of July 29th. The review confirms that overall the Board is working well but that it now needs to focus more on strategy and communications. To read the report click here

HIQA Implementation Progress Report June 2015

TUH published the 2015 Implementation Report on the 2012 Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report into the quality, safety and governance of care provided to acute patients admitted to Tallaght Hospital. Of the 76 recommendations in the 2012 HIQA Report, 48 recommendations (five local and 43 national) are required to be implemented by Tallaght Hospital and are the focus of this update. Seven recommendations related specifically to Tallaght Hospital – five of which are the responsibility of the Hospital.

Many of these HIQA recommendations are now incorporated into the normal working of the hospital’s governance, leadership, management and clinical processes; with implementation of the remaining recommendations underway. A full copy of the report is available here

Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2014

Tallaght Hospital published its Annual Report for 2014 detailing the Hospital’s governance, performance and achievements. The Annual Report, entitled People Caring for People, reflects an emphasis on a patient centred approach to care as well as outlining the future direction of the Hospital in terms of capital investments and improved models of care.  A full copy of the Report is available here

Statement of Financial Controls

Annual Financial Statement 2019
Annual Financial Statement 2018

Annual Financial Statement 2017
Annual Financial Statement 2016
Annual Financial Statements 2015
Annual Financial Statements 2014

Tallaght University Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual - February 24th 2015

Tallaght Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual

2018 Annual Report

2018 Infographic(June 13th 2019) There were over 420,000 patient episodes of care delivered at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) last year, according to the Hospital annual report for 2018 published today. The number of Adult Emergency Department attendances increased by 2% over the previously rear bringing the total to over 51,000.  Admissions of adult patients totalled 18,694 with an increase in acuity, age and complexity of patients. There were over 32,400 attendances at the Children’s Emergency Department and over 5,574 child admissions.

Tallaght University Hospital, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, is one of the country’s largest acute teaching hospitals and a centre of excellence for a large number of specialties.