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 England & Wales, while the ICPO Maynooth office assists Irish prisoners detained throughout the rest of the world.

ICPO Maynooth

Brian Hanley
Coordinator

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.

 

Ciara Kirrane
Casework, Information and Policy Officer

Ciara joined the ICPO in 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. 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 Ireland.

 

Ian Hanna
Caseworker

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.

 

Catherine Kenny
Caseworker

Catherine joined ICPO in October 2016. She held the post of Casework, Information and Policy Officer from June 2017 – May 2018 covering maternity leave and is now Caseworker for the United States and Europe. She has worked for almost 20 years in the fields of human rights and migration. Prior to joining ICPO she worked in a number of policy and research roles most recently as Policy and Casework Officer with Kalayaan in London.  She has also worked as an independent researcher and has carried out research on behalf of a number of domestic and international organisations. Catherine holds degrees in Social Science and Law and an LLM in International Human Rights Law.

 

Eilis Peoples
Caseworker

Eilis is a social worker with a Degree in Social Science, Masters in Social Work and Postgraduate Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies. She has worked and studied in Ireland, Scotland and Australia. She recently returned from Australia where she lived for four years. She has worked as a social worker in corrective services, youth mental health, community care and with asylum seekers.

 

Bernie Martin
Administrator
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
Betty Wilson

 

ICPO London

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

Volunteers:

Sally Murphy
Sr. Moira Keane
Sr. Agnes Miller

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