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IPRT Board of Directors

Seamus Taylor (Chairperson)

Seamus is a Lecturer in Social Policy Studies in the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth. He has worked as Director of Equality and Diversity at the public prosecution service for England and Wales and as Director of Strategy at the Commission for Racial Equality, as well as working in local government and serving on a number of national bodies in Britain. He is currently a member of the UK based Hate Crime Research Group. Seamus was awarded a CBE in the British Honours system in 2010 in recognition of work on equality in the UK legal system.

Aislinn O'Donnell (Vice Chairperson)

Aislinn is a Professor of Education in Maynooth University. She has lectured in Philosophy and Philosophy of Education at a number of universities including the University of Dundee, University College Dublin, National College of Art and Design, and Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick). Her writing, teaching and research involve engagement in a range of formal settings, such as schools, as well as informal settings and non-traditional sites of learning, including closed institutions. She has published widely, including on topics relating to imprisonment and education.

Kevin Gregory (Treasurer)

Kevin is Finance & ICT Manager with Vita Ireland. A Chartered Accountant, Kevin has previously worked at senior level with Business in the Community Ireland, St. Michael's House and Trócaire in the non-profit sector, and Savills in the private sector.

Kathleen Leader (Secretary)

Kathleen is a practising barrister, working in the area of criminal law and specialising in constitutional law. She has been junior counsel since 2002.

Eddie D’Arcy

Eddie is CEO of the Solas Project, which includes the Compass Programme and works with young people in the prison system. Eddie also lectures on a part-time basis on the BA Hons Youth Work in DKIT.

Joan O'Flynn

Joan O'Flynn has wide ranging experience in social inclusion research, policy and practice gained through working in civil and public service and voluntary sector in Ireland and the community sector in Britain. Joan's former roles include Drugs Policy Advisor in the Department of Health, Director of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Head of Communications and Public Education with the Combat Poverty Agency and National President of the Camogie Association. Joan works as CEO of the Camogie Association since 2013 and is a Trustee of the Katharine Howard Foundation and a Board member of the Ana Liffey Drug Project.

David Perry

David is a barrister practising primarily in the areas of criminal law, prison law and human rights law. He is a lecturer at the Honorable Society of King's Inns, where he teaches Human Rights Law, and the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he teaches Prison Law. David has formerly worked as a judicial assistant at the European Court of Human Rights, an assistant clerk at the United States Federal District Court, and a legal adviser for Trocáire.

Niall Walsh

Niall is Manager of the Pathways Centre and is involved with prison education and the education and support of prisoners post-release. A graduate of the Trinity Access Programme at Trinity College Dublin, Niall holds a degree in Social Science from NUI Maynooth, a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology. Niall is also Chairperson of the Prisoner Support Network and a member of the Irish Prison Service Research Panel.

Suzi Lyons

Dr Suzi Lyons is currently a Senior Researcher at the Health Research Board, responsible for the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) and the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS). Dr Lyons has a Masters in Community Health from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from University College Dublin. She is an alumnus of the European Programme in Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET). Previously she has worked as an epidemiologist with the World Health Organisation. She also spent several years working overseas with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

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