Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Staff

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


Fíona Ní Chinnéide: Executive Director | @fianna71

As Executive Director, Fíona is responsible for the leadership, management and direction of organisation and for delivering on the strategic objectives set out in the IPRT Strategic Plan 2017-2021. She was appointed to the role in April 2019.

Fíona has led the organisation’s external communications and campaigns since March 2009, when she joined as Communications Officer. She was Deputy Director from June 2014 until April 2019.

Fíona has 20 years’ experience working in the areas of advocacy, campaigns and communications within the not-for-profit sector in Ireland and Europe. She sits on the Board of Directors of Community Creations, which runs and Crisis Text Line Ireland.

Fíona holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. in Political Communications from Dublin City University (2015), where her research interests centred on media, public opinion and policy change. In 2018/19, she completed the 'Leadership Development for Transition and Change' training programme with Social Intelligence Associates.

Molly Joyce: Legal and Public Affairs Manager | 

Molly joined IPRT as Legal and Public Affairs Manager in November 2020. She has most recently worked as a practising barrister in London, specialising in the areas of public and police law.

Prior to this, Molly worked as the Acting London Programme Manager at Key4Life, a UK-based charity that aims to reduce youth re-offending by offering an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Molly has further experience working and volunteering with a range of human rights and legal organisations in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa, and has tutored undergraduate students in the areas of public, human rights and medical law.

Molly holds a Masters in Law from the University of Oxford (2012) and an LLB in Law from Trinity College Dublin (2011).

Senior Policy and Research Officer 

Post currently unfilled. See recruitment information here.

Pamela Drumgoole: Communications Officer |

Pamela joined IPRT as Communications Officer in March 2020. Previously she worked with Merchants Quay Ireland, leading the organisation’s wealth of online communications and supporting traditional communications as Digital Communications Officer.

From June 2017 to July 2019, Pamela worked as Campaigns Officer in IPRT, where she supported the organisation's campaigns and communications activities.

She holds an M.A. in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (2017) and a BBL in Law and Business (2015), both from Maynooth University.  

Lorraine Whitty: Membership and Governance Officer |

Lorraine is responsible for the day to day administrative support of IPRT, with particular responsibility for membership and governance 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 has completed Diplomas in Public Relations and Digital Marketing at the European Institute of Communications (2016), and holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from UCD, as well as an M Litt. in Strategic Studies and M Res. in Research Methods from the University of Aberdeen.

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