About Us

The Continence Foundation of Ireland (CFI) was founded in September 2005 by a group of 10 independent gynaecologists and urologists in Ireland with an interest in female incontinence and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery.

However we realised and acknowledged that the problem of incontinence would be best served by a multidisciplinary group, so that the scope of the Foundation now extends to all aspects of urinary and faecal incontinence across all impacted groups - female and male, adult and child.

A number of diverse continence organisations already exist in Ireland, including the Irish Continence Interest Group, the Irish Enuresis Advisory Group and the National Nurse Continence Advisors Forum, as well as a number of local groups, and several specialist organisations with an interest in this area, such as the Irish Association of Urology Nurses.

CFI believe that significant gains could be achieved by aligning the efforts of all groups working in the area of incontinence, as well as other interested and affected parties (e.g. patient advocacy groups and industry representatives) to address the issue of incontinence in Ireland. We welcome membership from all medical disciplines and allied health professionals.

The Continence Foundation of Ireland coordinate the efforts of different organisations and other individuals interested in and affected by incontinence.

Aims of the Foundation

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  • Improve the quality of life for people who suffer from incontinence.
  • Raise public awareness, education and provide information about incontinence.
  • Provide a comprehensive integrated approach to the prevention, treatment and management of incontinence.
  • Ensure adequate resources are targeted at continence services and better value for money is achieved from resources allocated to incontinence.



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Committee Members

President - Dr. Susmita Sarma

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Urogynaecology Galway University Hospital.

Treasurer - Dr Mark Skehan - MRCOG, MRCPI, M. Obstet Gynaecol (Urogynae) Liverpool

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Univeristy Maternity Hospital Limerick and Ennis Hospital.

Secretary - Dr. Gerry Agnew - MRCOG MRCPI

Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Urogynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St., St. Vincent's University Hospital and at the Pelvic Floor Centre at St. Michaels' Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

Past President - Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan - MB, FRCPI, MRCOG

Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Barry O'Reilly - MD, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Orfhlaith O'Sullivan - MRCSI, MCh, MRCPI, MRCOG

Subspecialty Fellow in Urogynaeclogy, Cork Univsersity Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Declan Keane - MD, FRCPI, FRCOG

Consultant Gynaecologist at National Maternity Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospitals, Dublin.

Mr Emmet Andrews - MD, FRCSI, FRCS(Eng), FRCSI(Gen)

Colorectal Surgeon.

Dr. Robin Ashe - MAO, FRCOG, DCh

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Urogynaecology. Ulster Gynae Urology Society Representative on CFI.

Dr. Paul Byrne - MD, FRCPI, FRCOG

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to the Rotunda, Beaumont and Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin. Senior Lecturer with RCSI.

Dr. Aoife O'Neill

Consultant Gynaecologist , Coombe Womens and Infants University Hospital, Dublin.

Lesley-Anne Ross

Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

Maeve Whelan

Specialist chartered physiotherapist in Womens health and continence, Milltown Physiotherapy clinic, Dublin.

Mr. Tom Creagh

Consultant Urologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Hugh Flood

Consultant Urologist, University Hospital, Limerick.

Dr. Paul Hughes

Consultant Gynaecologist, Kerry General Hospital, Tralee.