4 days
9.30am to 4.30pm daily


Tea and Coffee on arrival and at mid-morning break;
light lunch.


About our Certificate in Regulatory Investigations

Public Affairs Ireland has developed a 4 day interactive training programme on Regulatory Investigations, Inspections and Prosecutions.

This programme specifically addresses the challenges faced in the collation and presentation of witness statements and evidence. The course aims to provide each participant with an understanding of best practice procedures in taking witness statements and using evidence to prepare reports for legal proceedings. Modules will include simulations and workshops along with the presentation of theory. Our tutors will take into account that some learners may be new to this role or need an update on current legislation and procedures in the taking of witness statements etc. and as such our modules are tailored to offer a range of options and advice to suit the varying needs of each participant, depending upon their experience.

Learning Outcomes

Lecture modules will be complemented by a simulated training workshop, where by a number of practical exercises will be run.

On completion of this course participants will:

  • have a comprehensive understanding of best practice principles in the conducting interviews, documenting investigations and handling evidence.
  • know how to prepare documents, evidence and reports for legal proceedings;
  • understand how statements for evidential purposes should be planned, collated and prepared;
  • have a clear knowledge of the rules regarding statement taking (voluntary, duress, incentives, excessive control);
  • have a clear understanding of the correct styling and formatting of statements and reports for legal proceedings, and how to edit such reports;
  • understand how to examine the source and the weight of evidence to be included and distinguishing between facts, inferences and opinions.
  • have a greater understanding of statutory jurisdiction and fair procedures.
  • understand legal obligations in relation to privacy issues, data protection, freedom of information and human rights.
  • Understand how to give concise evidence in legal fora.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Attendees will receive an ICM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course including attendance, coursework and assignment.


Michael Connellan BL is a practicing Barrister. He works primarily in the areas of Labour & Employment Law, Tort & Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. Michael holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh and is also a graduate of University College Dublin and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns.


Sharon Dillon-Lyons is a Barrister-at-Law. She practises in civil litigation including tort and contract law. She has experience working in policy and compliance with non-governmental organisations; specifically legal duties of bodies including legislative compliance with data protection, freedom of information and health and safety. She also has experience of best practice tools to monitor implementation of policies, procedures and compliance with legal and contractual obligations.

Paschal Walsh is a Senior Manager in the Special Investigations Unit at Irish Life with overall responsibility for Special Investigation across the GWL European Enterprise. He is a retired member of An Garda Siochana having spent his last 15 years as a Detective Sergeant at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation where he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting many high profile Fraud cases. Paschal hold an Honours Degree from UCD in Administration of Justice.

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