Patricia brings to her work as a Solicitor previous qualifications and experiences. Patricia qualified as a Paediatric and General Nurse from Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and St. Vincent’s Hospital, having worked both in Ireland and Australia.
Following her return to Ireland, Patricia was chosen from 8,000 applicants to co-present a television travel programme, “Across the Line”, the first of the independent travel programmes. She continued to work in the area of independent productions for RTE and was one of the presenters of the travel programme “No Frontiers”. Patricia co-produced a two-part documentary on the closure of the Adelaide, Meath and Harcourt Street Hospitals and the opening of Tallaght Hospital “The Big Move” and worked on various other TV productions. Patricia also co-presented a live radio show “News View and Interviews” for DSCR radio.
At Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Patricia was the Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer where she compiled and implemented the organisations Freedom of Information booklet and educated staff on FOI. As a Project Co-Ordinator at the Hospice she established a Nursing Development Unit to achieve a standard of excellence. Patricia implemented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, (HACCP) which included the education of Catering, Restaurant and Cleaning staff in the Hospice.
Patricia qualified and practiced as an Acupuncturist of Traditional Chinese Medicine having studied at The Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland. She lectured for The Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland for a number of years and held the position as Chairperson of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional
Association (AFPA) having previously been the Secretary and a member of the Board.