The Irish Medical Council has elected its first woman President.
Dr Rita Doyle, who operates the Bray Family Practice in Wicklow, has been a GP for more than 30 years.
She is also the first full-time GP to be elected President of the Medical Council
The Chairman of the Irish College of General Practitioners, Dr John Gillman, welcomed her election.
“As a General Practitioner Dr Rita Doyle brings a different perspective to the role; a career in general practice is reflective of the totality of patient care from infancy to end of life, the community and familial context, and brings a unique and privileged insight into the lives of patients.
The person and the profession is the richer from this,” said Dr Gillman.
“Her character, courage of conviction, sensitivity and fair-mindedness shall guide the Irish Medical Council through the challenges ahead and shall set the course for compassionate practical regulation.”