National Radiation Safety Committee and Subcommittees

The National Radiation Safety Committee established in November 2007 is the statutory committee that has been appointed by the CEO, HSE to advise him on matters pertaining to medical exposure of patients to ionising radiation. The committee consists of no more than 10 members, appointed by the CEO, HSE for a period not exceeding five years. The National Radiation Safety Committee is required to meet twice a year at a minimum and currently meets quarterly.

The role of the National Radiation Safety Committee includes:

  • Establish population dose level, i.e., the total population exposure to ionising radiation in liaison with Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.
  • Advise the CEO, HSE, as appropriate, on measures or arrangements in installations that are necessary to protect the health and safety of patients, the general public or persons employed in the installations.
  • Receive reports from the clinical auditor and inspectors.
  • Produce annual report.
  • Receive reports on radiation incidents as required and advise where appropriate.
  • Gather lifetime data on equipment and an assurance that each piece is recorded as being maintained.
  • Issue Guidance Notes where applicable.
  • Review relevant new clinical risk practices to ensure that the exposure and outcome for the patient is in line with international best practice and provide advice where applicable.
  • Monitor radiation dose reference levels as established by Irish Medical and Dental Councils.
  • Any other appropriate matters that may arise.

Membership of the National Radiation Safety Committee 2013/2014

 Mr. Pat Harvey, Chair

Mr. Pat Harvey founded Harwyn Management Consultants, in 2005, specialising in areas of public/private health care services. Prior to 2005, Pat served for seven years as Chief Executive Officer of the North Western Health Board.

His qualifications include an MSc in Management, Trinity College, PG Diploma in Health Service Management, IPA and a Graduate (TMP) King’s Fund, London.

Mr. Harvey currently holds positions as;

  • Independent National Chair of the Health Sector (Public Service Agreement) Implementation Body (HSIB).
  • Independent Adjudicator -  Consultant Contract
  • Chairman of the Alcohol Forum Ltd (NGO)

Dr Stephen Fennell

Dr Stephen Fennell completed his PhD studies in UCD in 1995 and joined the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.  He is currently the acting Director of the Institute’s Regulatory Service and is responsible for the licensing and inspection of all practices using ionising radiation in Ireland including those within the medical and dental sectors.

Dr. Fennell is the founder and current chairperson of the European Radiation Protection Authorities Network and represents Ireland on the European ALARA Network Steering Group.  He is also a member of the NEA’s Expert Group on Occupational Exposure and the Inter-Departmental High Level Group on Radioactive waste, and has also undertaken work as an expert for the IAEA.



Catherine Mc Kenna

Catherine Mc Kenna qualified as a Therapy Radiographer in 1979 from College of Radiographers, London.  She has 31 yrs experience in various roles including incident reporting and analysis.  She was appointed as Radiation Therapy Services Manager at St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar in April 2009 and is part of Executive Management Team at SLH.  At St. Luke’s she is a member of; Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research; Radiotherapy Risk Management and Clinical Risk Management teams; Radiation Safety Committee and the Implementation Group for SI 478.  Catherine is currently involved with the National cancer Control Programme as part of the Transition Group to co-ordinate transfer of cancer services across the Dublin Network.



Dr. David Fitzpatrick

Dr David Fitzpatrick is a Consultant radiation oncologist based in st lukes Hospital dublin and st lukes radiation oncology centre beaumont hospital. He is chair of both the radiation protection committee and the Radiotherapy incident learning group in st lukes radiation oncology network in Dublin. He is a member of the Faculty of Radiologists of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the education and training body for the medical specialty of Radiation oncology in Ireland He has trained in radiation oncology in Ireland and spent 2 years as a fellow in Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  from 2007 to 2009.




Mr. Paddy Gilligan

Mr. Gilligan is a principal medical physicist at the Mater Private Hospital where he has worked for over twenty years. He was a member of the HSE task force on the implementation of SI 478, 2002. Mr. Gilligan has chaired the Medical Physics Expert subgroup for the national radiation safety committee. He has recently become the chair of the population dose subcommittee and sits on the dental subcommittee.

 He has been a board member of the RPII since 2006, chairing the Audit Committee since 2009. He is the medical physicist on the Faculty of Radiology Radiation Safety Committee. He previously sat on the Medical Council’s Ionising Radiation Committee.e hH



Andrew Bolas

Dr Bolas qualified from Queens University Belfast as a dentist in 1991, following this he trained as an Oral Surgeon gaining Fellowships from the Royal Colleges in Dublin and Edinburgh. In 2000 he completed an MSc in Dental Radiology in Kings College London. He currently is employed as Deputy Principal Dental Surgeon in Sligo/Leitrim and lectures part time in Dublin Dental School. Dr Bolas has been Dental Advisor to MERU for a number of years, and has lectured extensively in this country and abroad on dental radiology.  He is a Past President of the Irish Dental Association.



Subcommittees of the NRSC, 2012/2013

  • Population Dose Subcommittee
  • Dental Subcommittee
  • Radiotherapy Committee

Section 6 SI 478 (2002) Schedule of Equipment Criteria

National Population Dose Subcommittee

Terms of Reference




National Dental Subcommittee

Terms of Reference

Commitee Members



National Radiotherapy Subcommittee

Terms of Reference

Commitee Members