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Dr. Ailbhe O'Neill
Ussher Assistant Professor, Law


Ailbhe O'Neill completed her LL.B at Trinity College Dublin where she was elected to scholarship. After graduating first in her year she attended Cambridge university where she completed an LL.M as an awardee of the WM Tapp Studentship in Law. She completed her doctoral thesis in Trinity on "The Rights of Companies Under the Irish Constitution: A Philosophical and Comparative Analysis." (published by Thomson Round Hall in 2005). She lectures Corporate Governance and Media Law on the LL.B Programme. She has published widely in these areas both domestically and internationally and is co-author of Media Law in Ireland (Bloomsbury, 2011). Her research interests include Corporate Governance, Media Law, Constitutional Law and Bank Resolution. A practising barrister, she has advised on and acted in relation to a broad range of legislation connected with the banking crisis in Ireland including the Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Act 2008, the National Asset Management Agency Act 2009, the Central Bank Reform Act 2010, the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010 and the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and was appointed as legal advisor to the Commission of Investigation into the Causes of the Banking Crisis in 2011.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ailbhe O'Neill, Budgetary Procedures Under the Irish Constitution, Special section: "The medium-term constitutional implications of the Eurozone crisis in countries under financial assistance" (Quaderni costituzionali) , (1), 2019, p1 - 5 Journal Article, 2019

Ailbhe O'Neill, Open Justice Revisited - Gilchrist and Rogers v. Sunday Newspapers Ltd., Irish Supreme Court Review, 1, 2019, p1-18 Journal Article, 2019

Ailbhe O'Neill Eoin Carolan, Media Law in Ireland, 2nd, Ireland, Bloomsbury, 2019, 1-623pp Book, 2019

Ailbhe O'Neill, The Principle of Open Justice, Irish Supreme Court Review, Trinity College, 6 October, 2018, TCD Law School Invited Talk, 2018

O'Neill, When do Clubs Die?, Dublin University Law Journal, 38, (1), 2015, p208 - 218 Journal Article, 2015

Ailbhe O'Neill, "Subordinated creditors in times of crisis - the Irish approach" , Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation , 30, (5), 2015, p296 - 299 Journal Article, 2015

National Reporter, European Insolvency Law - The Heidelberg-Luxembourg-Vienna Report , 2014 Report, 2014

Rights and Freedoms in the Domestic Context - Fair Procedures in Difficult Times in, editor(s)Ferarri and O'Dowd , 75 Years of the Constitution of Ireland: An Irish-Italian Dialogue, Italy and Ireland, Clarus Press , 2014, pp17 , [Ailbhe O'Neill] Book Chapter, 2014

Ailbhe O'Neill, . "Defamation by Hyperlink and the Publication Rule" , Dublin University Law Journal, 35, 2012, p317- Journal Article, 2012

Ailbbhe O'Neill, "Reporting allegations: Reynolds privilege revisited in the UK Supreme Court" , Irish Jurist, 2012, p185- Journal Article, 2012

Ailbhe O'Neill, . "Fair Procedures - An Inviolable Right?" , Dublin University Law Journal, 33, 2011, p319 - 338 Journal Article, 2011

Ailbhe O'Neill, Rescuing the Law of Torts, Irish Jurist, 2011, 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Ailbhe O'Neill, On-line Piracy and the Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers in Ireland, Entertainment Law Review, 2011, p89- Journal Article, 2011

McCann Courtney , Companies Acts 1963-2010, Dublin, Tottel, 2010 Book, 2010

Ailbhe O'Neill and Eoin Carolan, Media Law in Ireland, First, Dublin, Bloomsbury , 2010 Book, 2010

Taming Directors in, editor(s)Ronan Keane and Ailbhe O'Neill , Corporate Governance and Regulation in Ireland, Dublin, Thomson Round Hall, 2009, [Ailbhe O'Neill] Book Chapter, 2009

Property Rights and the Power of Eminent Domain in, editor(s)Oran Doyle , The Constitution at 70, Dublin, Thomson Round Hall, 2008, [Ailbhe O'Neill] Book Chapter, 2008

O'Neill, Invalidity and Retrospectivity under the Irish and Canadian Constitutions, Forum Constitutionnel, 2007, p147- Journal Article, 2007

O'Neill , The Constitutional Rights of Companies, Dublin, Thomson Round Hall, 2007, 300pp Book, 2007

O'Neill, The Constitutional Rights of Companies, Dublin, Thomson Round Hall, 2007 Book, 2007

O'Neill, Part 40 of the U.K. Companies Act 2006: Disqualification Orders go Global, International Company and Commercial Law Review , 2007, p166- Journal Article, 2007

O'Neill, Unjust Enrichment and Restitution of Tax Paid under a Mistake of Law, Irish Tax Review, 2007, p66- Journal Article, 2007

O'Neill, Relieving Directors: The Irish Approach, Company Lawyer, 2007, p116- Journal Article, 2007

O'Neill, Corporate Reputation in the House of Lords, Company Layer, 28(3), 2007, p76- Journal Article, 2007

Ailbhe O'Neill, The Right to Silence and the Company, Irish Jurist, 2005, p111- Journal Article, 2005

Ailbhe O'Neill, Corporate Freedom of Expression", Dublin University Law Journal, 27, 2005, p185- Journal Article, 2005

Ailbhe O'Neill, The Rule against Double Jeopardy and the Company and Some Thoughts on Interpretive Seepage, Irish Criminal Law Journal, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Neill Ailbhe, The Right of Publicity - Privacy reimagined for a public world, Irish Jurist, 2019, p195 - 197 Review Article, 2019

Ailbhe O'Neill, Reflections on Referenda in Ireland - Response, The Role of Referendums in the UK Constitutional Order: Comparative Perspectives , Durham University, 31 January , 2019, Durham Law School Invited Talk, 2019

Ailbhe O'Neill, Developments in Banking and Financial Regulation, Recent Developments in Public Law, UCD, 11 June , 2018, UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies, 5pp Invited Talk, 2018

Ailbhe O'Neill, Administrative Sanctions Procedure - INBS Inquiry, Training for Enforcement Unity Central Bank of Ireland, Central Bank of Ireland, 14 September, 2018, Central Bank of Ireland Invited Talk, 2018

Flynn, Roderick, Media Pluralism Monitor, 2016, Florence, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI, May, 2017 Report, 2017

Flynn, Roderick, Media Pluralism Monitor, 2015, Florence, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, EUI, May, 2016 Report, 2016

Ailbhe O'Neill, "Pillar A of the Companies Bill 2011 - the role of the company secretary", Irish Business Law Quarterly, 2012, 2012, p3- Journal Article, 2012

Researcher, Report of the Working Group on a Court of Appeal, Ireland, Courts Service, 2009 Report, 2009

O'Neill, Reform of the Derivative Suit, New Law Journal, 2007, p356- Journal Article, 2007

Ailbhe O'Neill, "The effect of a finding that legislation is unconstitutional - the approach of the Irish Supreme Court", Common Law World Review, 2007, p220- Journal Article, 2007

O'Neill, Breach of the Peace as an Offence at Common Law, Journal of Criminal Law, 71, 2007, p21- Journal Article, 2007

Ailbhe O'Neill, Section 12(1) of the Companies Act 1990 as a Weapon of Mass Discovery, Commercial Law Practitioner, 13, (3), 2006, p81- Journal Article, 2006

Ailbhe O'Neill, Cross-Border Insolvency in the Supreme Court - Some (Euro) Food for Thought, Commercial Law Practitioner, May, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Research Expertise


Company Law - particularly Corporate Governance and Corporate Insolvency and Rescue. Constitutional Law - Irish and Comparative. The European Convention on Human Rights.


Business/Corporate Law; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Insolvency/Bankruptcy



Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute 2005

Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians Research Ethics Committee

The Royal College of Physicians Ethics Committee The European Corporate Governance Institute Research Associate of the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS)

Media Pluralism Monitor - National Expert for Ireland

Awards and Honours

Entrance Exhibition Trinity College Dublin 1996

Trinity College Scholarship 1998

Kingsmill Moore Memorial Prize for 1st place in Junior Sophister Year 1999

Henry Hamilton Hunter Memorial Prize 1st place in Senior Sophister Year 2000

W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 2000

Honorary Senior Scholarship Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 2001


The Law Library, Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7 2006