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Review of Past Complaints of Abuse — St John Ambulance Ireland

At the request of the Board of St John Ambulance, Dr Geoffrey Shannon will be conducting an independent review of past complaints of abuse in St John Ambulance.

To this end, Dr Shannon has created an independent website and confidential communication system which can be accessed below.

Those who wish to contact Dr Shannon can do so in confidence by using the email address [email protected]

Terms of Reference for Review of Handling of Past Complaints of Abuse St John Ambulance Ireland

Terms of Reference (ToR)

St John Ambulance Ireland (SJAI) is aware of a number of complaints of sexual abuse of members under the age of 18 years relating to one former volunteer member who ceased volunteering with SJAI circa 2000/1.  The Board of St John Ambulance Ireland has commissioned an independent review to undertake a review of the adequacy and effectiveness of:


  • the manner in which the aforesaid complaints in relation to sexual abuse made to the SJAI were dealt with when first madetaking into account government guidance and SJAI policies on child protection available at that… Continue reading

Important changes to OFA courses

Please see important changes to first aid courses from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

Our condolences to the Irish Coast Guard

St John Ambulance Ireland expresses its condolences to our colleagues in the Coast Guard community on today’s accident off Mayo/Sligo and the tragic loss of life. We offer our sympathies and prayers at this time

Michael O’Reilly recognised for his work as Medical Coordinator for Public Events in the Cork area

Today saw D/O Michael O’Reilly from Cork received by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Chris O’Leary in recognition of the work done by Michael as Medical Co-ordinator for public events in the Cork area. Michael who has worked with SJAI for 40 years works alongside the local authority, Gardai, our sister organisations and event organisers to ensure the best level of medical cover for all public events in the Cork City Council area. Cllr O’Leary, a former volunteer with the Civil Defense, strongly praised the dedication of Michael and all the other volunteers who give up so much time to… Continue reading

Mr Allan Smith, New CEO for St John Canada

In March 2015, St John Ambulance Canada announced the appointment of Allan Smith as CEO. Mr Smith having previously served as President/CEO and Board Director of Saxon Financial; and as a senior executive MD Management, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association brings an extensive amount of experience with over 30 years of relevant leadership and management to his new role, this was echoed by Robert White, St John Ambulance Chancellor who welcomed Allan’s “experience and leadership to the St. John Ambulance family,”

“In his new role as chief executive he will be responsible for developing the first aid training… Continue reading