New Confidential Recipient Appointed

Leigh Gath, who served as the confidential recipient for eight years, having been appointed in December 2014, retired on Friday last, November 11th.

Dr Orla Healy, National Clinical Director, National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, HSE said, “Throughout her tenure Leigh has established a well-respected and critical service within the HSE by acting as a powerful voice for service users within the organisation. The impact that Leigh has had on the lives of those she has advocated for has reached all corners of the country. Leigh will be sorely missed by all who have worked with her. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Leigh well in her retirement, thank her for all of her hard work and passion that she has brought to the role of confidential recipient. 

“Ms Gráinne Cunningham-O’Brien is the newly appointed confidential recipient and commences her role this week. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Gráinne on board and wish her the very best in her new role.”

Gráinne, a graduate of University of Galway, brings to her new role, many years of professional social work experience in a number of different areas including child protection, fostering, safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults, adult mental health and intellectual disability services, as well as social work in primary care, palliative care, older person services and children disability services, and acute hospital experience.

Gráinne, looking forward to commencing her new role as confidential recipient, said, “Taking up the role of confidential recipient goes to the very heart of my belief that the most vulnerable in our society should receive the services they require, be valued and treated with respect and dignity to make choices that are autonomous and emancipatory. Their voices need to be heard and the concerns they raise need to be understood and acted upon. It will be my role to ensure this happens. I am committed to building professional relationships in the best interest of advocating for people with disabilities and older people, working collaboratively to reach resolutions so that vulnerable people can be supported.”

The Confidential Recipient is a person who can act as a voice for vulnerable people with a disability and vulnerable older people.

The confidential recipient is appointed by the HSE but is independent of the HSE. The confidential recipient will be independent and will have the authority to examine concerns raised to:

  • advise and assist individuals on the appropriate course of action to take to raise matters of concern
  • assist with the referral process to ensure examination of reported concerns
  • ensure that the reported concerns are appropriately addressed and responded to by the HSE and HSE funded agencies.

 For more information or to report a concern, the confidential recipient can be contacted at:

061 585603 or 087 6657269,

Monday to Friday (9am – 5pm).

Last updated on: 18 / 11 / 2022