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IPRT Staff

The day-to-day work of IPRT is carried out by a team of five staff, greatly supported by a team of interns, along with our expert board.

Deirdre Malone: Executive Director

Deirdre MaloneDeirdre Malone is Executive Director of IPRT. Previously a barrister in private practice, Deirdre worked from one of the foremost human rights chambers in the UK; initially purely on criminal defence matters in the Youth Court, Magistrates Court and Crown Court and then as a member of the inquest and prison law team specialising in the representation of bereaved families at inquests into deaths of their loved ones within prisons and other places of detention.

Deirdre has uniquely broad human rights experience having also worked in Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties UK), in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland), and as a researcher for the Irish Attorney General.

Fíona Ní Chinnéide: Deputy Executive Director (On sabbatical until June 2018)

Fíona is responsible for managing the implementation of IPRT's Campaigns and Communications Programme, in line with IPRT’s Strategic Plan. Fíona joined IPRT in March 2009 as Campaigns & Communications Officer. In her former role, as PR & Communications Manager for the European Youth Card Association, she managed a number of European cross-media campaigns, focusing on aspects of active citizenship and human rights, supported by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Fíona also has extensive experience working in communications within the not-for-profit sector in Ireland, and also as a freelance editor. 

A twice graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Fíona was awarded a Masters in Political Communication from Dublin City University in 2015.

Michelle Martyn: Senior Research and Policy Project Manager

Michelle Martyn joined IPRT as Senior Research and Policy Project Manager in November 2016. Previously she worked in EPIC (Empowering People in Care) as Research, Policy and Fundraising Assistant.

In 2012, Michelle worked as Acting Research and Policy Officer in IPRT and managed and authored ‘Picking up the Pieces: the Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment’. She also worked as an Independent Research Consultant for the Probation Service in 2011 on analysis of the project ‘Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Adult Offenders on Probation Supervision: Findings from the Drug and Alcohol Survey 2011’.

She holds a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin (2010), Masters in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology (2009) and Bachelor of Social Science from NUI Maynooth (2008).    

Lorraine Whitty: Membership & Administration Officer

Lorraine is responsible for the day to day administrative support of IPRT, with particular responsibility for membership support.

Lorraine has worked with a number of charities, on issues such as early years policy and international development issues in the media. She also has experience in administration in the public sector in the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, as well as an educational background having held assistant lectureships in PR and in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

As well as working with IPRT, she volunteers for a number of organisations in the community and voluntary sector. She recently completed Diplomas in Public Relations and Digital Marketing at the European Institute of Communications (2016), and holds a BA in Politics and Philisophy from UCD, as well as an M Litt. in Strategic Studies and M Res. in Research Methods from the University of Aberdeen.

Pamela Drumgoole: Campaigns and Administration Officer

After having previously completed an internship with IPRT, Pamela joined the IPRT team on a part-time basis in June 2017. She is responsible for co-ordinating campaign activities and assisting in a wide range of IPRT's work.

She holds a BBL (Hons) in Law and Business and an MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice from Maynooth University.