Peter Feeney

Peter Feeney joined the University as University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager in July 2014. He previously worked as a Solicitor in another Irish University. He also trained and worked post qualification in a large Dublin law firm. He has attained in his career a track record of active involvement in a varied range of commercial matters and corporate deals. His specialised skills include commercial law, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, privacy law, cyber security law, technology law, intellectual property law, copyright law, data protection and freedom of information. He is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. In October 2018, Peter was appointed to a new senior role in the University to implement GDPR as Data Protection and Information Compliance Officer, and he continues to provide additional legal support and advice to the University


 Emer Mc Kenna - University Solicitor (on leave)

Emer Mc Kenna was appointed as University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager in 2018. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Emer held senior roles within both the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the national regulator for Health and Social Care Professionals. Emer holds degrees as a Bachelor of Corporate Law and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from NUI Galway, and diplomas in Employment Law and In-House Practice from the Law Society of Ireland. Emer has significant and applied experience across a wide range of practice areas including litigation, commercial contracts, regulatory law and employment law. She is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.



Robyn  Sayers - Administrative Assistant (Freedom of Information Office) (on leave)

Robyn Sayers joined the University in September 2015 and provides administrative support for the Freedom of Information (FOI) Office.  A particular emphasis of her work relates to assisting the FOI Officer in ensuring that the University meets all its obligations under the FOI Act 2014. She previously worked for Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance and is a graduate of NUI Galway.


Clare McCann - Administrative Assistant (Oifig an Rúnaí)

Clare McCann joined Oifig an Rúnaí in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Postgraduate diploma from the University of Maryland in the United States. Prior to arriving in Ireland, Clare worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a leading biomedical research agency located outside of Washington, D.C.

 Lisa Ni Fhlatharta

Lisa Ní Fhlatharta

Lisa Ní Fhlatharta, Language Executive with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge at NUI Galway, works periodically with the Secretary's Office to ensure that the University fulfils its statutory obligations in relation to the Irish language as outlined in the University’s language scheme, the University Statutes and relevant legislation.

The Language Scheme is a requirement of the Official Languages Act 2003.‎  It is also the responsibility of the Language Executives, operating under the direction of the University Authority, to facilitate the creation of an exemplary bilingual campus as envisaged in the University’s Strategic Plan.  They have a central role in the formulation and implementation of the Language Schemes, facilitating their implementation and providing advice and support to staff members regarding practical implementation issues. Lisa is also secretary to An Coiste Seasta um Cháilíocht Teanga which advises the University on Irish language proficiency requirements for certain academic and administrative university posts.