Our Team

The ICPO has two offices; one located in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, and the other in London. The ICPO London office deals solely with Irish prisoners in the UK, while the ICPO Maynooth office assists Irish prisoners held all over the world.

ICPO Maynooth

Brian Hanley
Originally from Sligo, Brian has been working with ICPO in a number of different roles since late 2008. He holds a degree in Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters in Law from University College Cork, specialising in criminal justice. From 2008 to July 2011, Brian held the posts of ICPO Coordinator and Emigrant Officer of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants. Returning to the ICPO in March 2012 he worked as a Caseworker and Family Support Officer, completing a Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology in 2014. Brian returned to the position of ICPO Coordinator in September 2014 and qualified as a barrister in 2015.

Catherine Jackson
Responsible for Europe, the U.S., Canada and Scotland
Catherine (Kate) has worked as a caseworker with ICPO since October 2006. Kate is a qualified attorney at law in the U.S. and worked in private practice specialising in criminal, care and protection, family and mental health law before moving to Ireland in 1998. In Ireland she initially worked for a private solicitor representing asylum applicants before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. She then spent three years in Belfast with the Law Centre of Northern Ireland specialising in immigration law before joining ICPO. Kate holds a JD (Juris Doctorate) from Suffolk University, Boston, and an MSW (Master’s Degree in Social Work) from the State University of New York at Albany.

Claire O’Connell
Caseworker & Family Support Officer
Responsible for Australia, South and Central America, Africa and Asia
Claire joined the ICPO in late 2014. She holds a degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as a Diploma in law from the College of Law, Guilford and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Exeter University. Claire qualified as a solicitor in England and worked in private practice with firms in both the UK and Ireland; gaining experience in a number of areas including family law, criminal law and civil litigation. Throughout that time she volunteered with various human rights organisations and campaign groups and has a special interest in migrant rights. In 2012 she was awarded a Master’s Degree in International Co-operation from Seoul National University in South Korea where she lived for a number of years.

Ciara Kirrane
Casework, Information and Policy Officer
Responsible for South and Central America, Africa, Middle East and parts of Asia
Ciara joined the ICPO in August 2016. She holds a degree in Social Science from Maynooth University and Masters degree in Criminology from DIT. Prior to joining the ICPO, Ciara worked in the environmental and overseas aid sector. Focused primarily on climate change, her work included campaigning on domestic and international climate policy, conducting research and public outreach. Ciara volunteers as an adult literacy tutor and is a board member of Friends of the Earth.

Ian Hanna
Responsible for North of England
Ian joined ICPO in February 2015. He hold an Arts degree and H Dip in Ed. Prior to joining ICPO he was a senior commissioned officer in the Irish Defence Forces and had completed several Defence Studies and Leadership courses at home and overseas. He has extensive overseas service working with United Nations, European Union and NATO Partnership of Peace missions in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Bernie Martin
Bernie, also a native of Co. Sligo, first worked in the offices of IECE in 2006 when she covered maternity leave. In 2009 she was appointed administrator of the office of the IECE and later as administrator of ICPO.

We are extremely grateful for the on-going support of our committed team of volunteers:

Sr Agnes Hunt
Eileen Boyle
Joan O’Cleirigh
Sr Anne Sheehy

ICPO London

Fr. Gerry McFlynn  Manager
Elizabeth Power Caseworker
Breda Power  Caseworker and London Prisons Visitor
Russel Harland Caseworker
Declan Ganly Administrator


Sally Murphy
Kathleen Walsh
Sr. Maureen McNally
Noel Wynne
Sr. Moira Keane
Jayne O’Connor
Sr. Agnes Miller
Sara Thompson


For information on the work of the ICPO London office please see their website: http://www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk/

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