Catherine DonnellyBarrister and Associate Professor and Fellow at Law Library Dublin, Blackstone Chambers and Trinity College, Dublin
Practice areas: EU Law, Public Law, Human Rights, Public Procurement
Catherine specialises in a number of Chambers’ practice areas, including EU Law, Public Law, Human Rights and Commercial Law and appears before both the national courts and tribunals and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Catherine has appeared in a number of cases involving EU law before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the courts of England and Wales and the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Ireland.
Recent cases before the Court of Justice include:
Case C-613/14 James Elliott Construction Limited v Irish Asphalt Limited (Advocate General Opinion, 28 January 2016).
C-398/11 Hogan v Minister for Social and Family Affairs (25 April 2013).
Case C-370/12 Pringle v Ireland (23 November 2012) (challenge to the European Stability Mechanism before the Grand Chamber of Justice of the European Union).
Catherine acts in cases involving public procurement law, competition law, state aid law, data protection, access to environmental information and planning in accordance with the requirements of EU law.
Catherine has also advised and acted for a variety of public authorities and private clients on EU law matters, including the Office of Communications Regulation in Ireland, the Office of Corporate Enforcement, the Medical Council of Ireland, the Commission for Communications Regulation, the Information Commissioner, the Health Information and Quality Authority, the Data Protection Commissioner, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the Irish Aviation Authority, IDA Ireland, An Post, Ireland West Airport Knock, Irish Waterways, An Taisce, various local authorities and the National Bus and Railworkers’ Union.
Current and recent work
Public Procurement Law
Catherine has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Public Procurement lawyers in 2012 - 2015. She also advises both potential claimants and contracting authorities in this field and has advised a number of contracting authorities on the conduct of their procurement processes. Recent cases have included:
Student Transport Limited v Minister for Education and Skills (Court of Appeal Judgment Pending)
RPS Consulting Engineers Limited v Kildare County Council (15 February 2016)
Powerteam Electrical Services Limited Trading as Omexom v Electricity Supply Board (12 February 2016)
BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie UA v National Treasury Management Agency & anor  IEHC 756
BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie UA v National Treasury Management Agency & anor  IECA 246
Word Perfect Translation Services Limited v Commissioner of An Garda Síochána  IEHC 668
BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie UA v National Treasury Management Agency & anor  IEHC 370
Student Transport Limited v Minister for Education and Skills  IECA 303
OCS One Complete Solution Ltd v Dublin Airport Authority PLC  IESC 51
OCS One Complete Solution Ltd v Dublin Airport Authority PLC  IEHC 306
Gaswise Limited v Dublin City Council  IEHC 56
Baxter Healthcare Limited v Health and Safety Executive  IEHC 413
O’Kelly Brothers Civil Engineering Company Limited v Cork City Council  IEHC 159
Student Transport Limited v Minister for Education and Skills  IEHC 425
In the state aid context, as well as advising frequently in this area, Catherine appeared in the case of Dellway v National Asset Management Agency  IEHC 364;  4 IR 1, which involved a challenge to the acquisition by Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency of certain loans; the case raised a range of public law and EU law questions, including a number of state aid issues.
Catherine has represented clients in a number of matters in the Competition List in Dublin, including, in particular, proceedings involving a claim of refusal to supply (Heatons v ASICS UK Limited (Cooke J) 1 November 2013).