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

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. He is currently undertaking 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

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.


Ciara Kirrane
Casework, Information and Policy Officer

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.


Leslie Alcock
Casework and Family Support Officer 

Leslie, originally from Carlow, joined the ICPO in September 2018. She holds a Degree in Social Science from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Social Work from UCD. Leslie recently returned from the United States where she lived for six years. Leslie has extensive experience supporting people with various needs in a community development setting both in Ireland and the United States.


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:

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


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/