23 June 2022

Following the selection process for appointment to the Firearms Expert Committee, Ms. Emma Meagher Neville has been selected for the position of Chairperson.

Ms. Meagher Neville qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and is currently the Vice President of the Southern Law Association (SLA) and a Council member of the Law Society of Ireland.

Mr. Paul Walsh and Mr. Fabian Connolly, both Registered Firearms Dealers with extensive experience in this area, have been selected for the positions of Ordinary Member. 

Superintendent in Crime Legal, Brian Murphy has been appointed to represent An Garda Síochána on the Committee and Mr. John Guinane, the Firearms Range Inspector, has been appointed to represent the Department of Justice.

A call for expressions of interest for candidates for appointment to the Committee closed on 29 April, 2022.

In total, 14 applications were received for the position of chair and 34 for the positions of ordinary member.

The Firearms Expert Committee will serve in an advisory capacity on firearms matters and will carry out an assessment of all types of firearms to determine their current use under the existing licensing system and their suitability for future licensing.

It is expected that the first meeting of the Committee will be held in July 2022. 

Officials from the Criminal Policy Function of the Department of Justice will act as the Secretariat to the Committee.

Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD noted the very high level of firearms expertise and experience demonstrated in the expressions of interest process and thanked all candidates for their interest in the positions.


First meeting of the Committee

Introductory Paper

Mode of Work

Report of the First Meeting (26th July 2022)