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About the IPA

The Irish Patients’ Association’s Mission (IPA) is to keep the patient at the centre of the healthcare system.


It does this by advocating for the needs of patients to be paramount while working in partnership with health providers. Through contact with patients, their families, and their care-givers, the Irish Patients' Association keeps abreast of ongoing and emerging patient needs. 

The IPA addresses various committees, working groups and public bodies on behalf of patients.​

Meet The Team

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Mr Stephen McMahon

Co-Founder & Director of the Irish Patients' Association (IPA)

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Ms Margaret Murphy

External Lead Advisor, World Health Organisation

Patients for Patient Safety

Director of the IPA

Focus: Patient Safety

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Ms Esther Pebble Onolememen

Co-Founder Irish Sickle Cell Society

Mental Health Social Worker

Director of the IPA

Focus: Diversity & Inclusion

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Ms Fiona McMahon

Co-Founder of the IPA

Director of the IPA

Focus: Patient Experience

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Mr John T Murphy FPRII

Experienced in Governance, Training, Auditing, Fundraising and Public Relations

Advisor for the IPA

Our Story


The Irish Patients’ Association, founded in 1995, was Ireland’s first cross disease patient advocacy group. The IPA deals directly with patients, their families or indeed patient groups. As independent advocates, we have provided information, advice and support to over 11,000 patients and families.


We are non-political, we have commissioned academic and other research on Patients’ Rights, Counterfeit Medicines, Health Care Acquired Infections [HCAIs], Off Label Medicines, and Patient Safety.


We do our work pro-bono, currently with very limited resources.


We continue to work in a respectful partnership with policy makers, the HSE, regulators and other stakeholders.


We speak to the needs of all patients and reflect on the experiences of the patients and caregivers who have engaged with us.


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