Donegal man is new IPU President

Rory O’Donnell, a native of Dungloe and the owner of a pharmacy in Gweedore, has been elected as President of the Irish Pharmacy Union [IPU].

Rory O’Donnell, a native of Dungloe and the owner of a pharmacy in Gweedore, has been elected as President of the Irish Pharmacy Union [IPU].

The IPU, which represents over 1800 pharmacists across the country, has just concluded its National Conference and AGM in Galway.

The new President said that he was positive about the outlook for pharmacy in Ireland; “I believe there is enormous scope to further develop the role of pharmacists in the context of the reform of the health services in a way which brings benefits to patient, pharmacists and policymakers.

“The community pharmacist is the most easily accessible element of the health services and a trusted advisor on many health care issues.

“As we begin to explore more cost effective ways of managing chronic illness, I believe that pharmacists will be critical to the solutions being put in place. My aim is to work in a spirit of partnership with the Minister and his officials to ensure that this happens.

“I am honoured to be elected President of the Irish Pharmacy Union and I want to acknowledge the great trust which has been placed in me by my colleagues.”

Mr O’Donnell (46), graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1990 with a BSc (Hons) Pharm. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Natural Science from Trinity College Dublin.