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.


Claire O’Connell
Caseworker & Family Support Officer

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.


Ian Hanna

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
Casework, Information and Policy Officer

Catherine joined ICPO in October 2016. 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 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 including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Odysseus Network, Integrating Ireland, the Irish Refugee Council and the National Consultative Council on Racism and Interculturalism.  Catherine was Coordinator of the Irish Refugee Council Legal Unit from 1997-2000. She holds degrees in Social Science and Law and an LLM in International Human Rights Law.


Eilis Peoples

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
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
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/