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Members: 03 December 2020

Barrister–at–Law student Neasa O’Callaghan elected as the 191st Auditor of the LSDSI

Barrister–at–Law student Neasa O’Callaghan elected as the 191st Auditor of the LSDSI

Established in 1830, The Law Students’ Debating Society of Ireland (LSDSI) is a student–run organisation that benefits from considerable support from King’s Inns. In recent years the LSDSI has acted as a student society within King’s Inns having evolved in its role from a debating society to become a society that represents all facets of student life at King’s Inns.

Following the close of poll at 3 pm on Monday, 30 November 2020, the Returning Officer, Declan Harmon BL, examined and verified the polling results received by current students on the Diploma in Legal Studies and degree of Barrister–at–law courses. Votes were collected by the secure online Choice Voting platform.

Neasa O’Callaghan, a student on the Barrister–at–Law Degree course, exceeded the quota on the third count and was deemed by the Returning Officer to be elected as Auditor of the LSDSI.

On Neasa’s appointment, King’s Inns CEO and Under Treasurer Mary Griffin said:

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Neasa on her election and I look forward to working with her in the year ahead. 

I would also like to extend my congratulations to Joseph Bradley, Niamh Ní Leathlonhair and Thomas Yennusick on their participation in the process and on a keenly contested election.”

Neasa will now assemble a committee who will assist her in running a range of student activities throughout the academic year. Neasa will also host an Inaugural Address in 2021 to the student body, lecturers, members and invited guests.

Further details on the LSDSI can be found here

About Neasa O’Callaghan 

Neasa O’Callaghan is a student on the degree of Barrister–at–Law at King’s Inns, having previously completed the Diploma in Legal Studies here in 2019. Neasa was a finalist in the King’s Inns Maidens’ Moot Competition in 2018, a member of the King’s Inns team for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2019, and she is a member of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition team this year. She holds a BA in English, Classics and Creative Writing from NUI Galway, an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MRes in Playwriting Studies from the University of Birmingham. In 2012, she was the Global Winner of the ‘Ancient & Classical Studies’ Undergraduate Award.

For the past number of years, she has worked as playwright and in theatre production and marketing. She has been a 503Five Resident Writer at Theatre503 in London, a Writer–on–Attachment to the Oxford Playhouse, a Writer–in–Residence at North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, a member of Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, London, and a writer on Fishamble’s ‘A Play for Ireland’ Initiative. She has worked in marketing at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and was the Marketing & Development Manager for Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.