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
Executive Director

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. A qualified barrister, Brian has been Executive Director of ICPO since 2012 and recently completed his Executive MBA at Trinity Business School.


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.


Catherine Kenny
Casework, Information and Policy Officer

Catherine joined ICPO in October 2016 as Caseworker for the USA and Europe.  Since 2019, she has been Casework, Information and Policy Officer.  Catherine has worked for over 20 years in the fields of human rights and migration. Prior to joining ICPO she worked in a number of casework, policy and research roles. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and an MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Ciara Kirrane
Casework and Family Support Officer (on maternity leave).

Ciara joined the ICPO in 2016. She holds a degree in Social Science from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Criminology from DIT. Prior to joining the ICPO, Ciara worked in the environmental and overseas aid sectors. 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

Ian joined ICPO in February 2015. He holds 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.


Orla Dick

Orla, joined the team in February 2020 and is originally from Kildare. She has recently returned from New Zealand where she lived for sixteen years. Orla worked as a Case Manager for the New Zealand Department of Corrections for 8 years and has extensive experience working with prisoners, providing support to them around rehabilitation and assisting with their re-integration back into the community. Prior to this, her background has been in Human Resources.

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

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


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/