Fiona O’Malley, who grew up in Coleman’s Terrace in Tullamore, has been elected Auditor of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns LSDSI Committee.
Fiona is the 190th Auditor and the twelfth woman to take on the role. Fiona was elected with a majority of votes on the first round to the highly esteemed role. She works full time as the Head of Communications for CMRF Crumlin and is studying to become a barrister in the evenings.
“I’m thrilled to be elected Auditor.” Fiona said, “I was on the committee last year, so I knew what the role entailed before I was nominated. I’ve assembled my committee now and they’re all amazing, so fingers crossed we will have a very strong year at King’s Inns, and maintain the level of excellence set out in previous year.
She attended Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada and the Sacred Heart School in Tullamore. She went on to complete a BA International in NUIG then studied a Masters in Journalism in Kingston University London, while she worked at The Sunday Times and VOGUE magazine. After working in junior positions in journalism in London for a few years, she moved back to Ireland and took up a Communications role at the Union of Students in Ireland. This is where her interest in the NGO sector, law and politics began. Last August, she completed a summer course in justice in Harvard University.
Fiona said that she hopes to arrange a women in law and leadership event during her term.
“The first big event we have to arrange is The King’s Inns Christmas ball,” Fiona said, “After that, there are a few other events throughout the year. During my term, I want to arrange an event centred on women in law and leadership. I think it’s important to inspire the next generation of barristers with the many powerhouse women in the legal and NGO sector. I also think it’s important to have a discussion about the challenges faced by female barristers and – more importantly – how to overcome them.”