Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Volunteers

As a small organisation, we believe we punch well above our weight - and that is down to the assistance and support of volunteers, who bring their skills and passion for social justice and penal reform to IPRT. Along with our volunteer expert board, we also run a volunteer placement programme - details are available here

IPRT InternsAlthough not a requirement, most of our volunteers have hailed from either a law background or a social sciences background, or both. Quite a few have come from and indeed gone on to further study in the area of criminology, right up to PhD level. 

Former volunteers have also come back to take on roles within the IPRT team, including Michelle Martyn (Senior Research & Policy Projects Manager from Nov 2016 to April 2021), Pamela Drumgoole (Campaigns Officer from June 2017 to July 2019; Communications Officer from March 2020 to present) and Kate O'Hara (employment-based PhD candidate 2013-2016). 

Since June 2009, the following people have volunteered their time and skills with us. Gluttons for punishment (pardon the pun), they keep offering to come back and help us out at events, while furthering the cause for progressive penal reform through social media networks. We think they are amazing.

  • Marian Deady: July-August 2009
  • Aoife Drudy: July-August 2009
  • Michelle Martyn: September 2009 - January 2010
  • Martin Quigley: September 2009 - January 2010
  • Lynsey Black: February - June 2010
  • Kate O'Hara: February - June 2010
  • Leah Barry: July 2010
  • Paul McKeon: July 2010
  • Louise Brangan: August 2010
  • Judith McGimpsey: September 2010 - January 2011
  • Stephen Moffatt: October 2010 - January 2011
  • Colette Barry: February - May 2011
  • Maggie Coughlan: February - June 2011
  • Nóra Ní Loinsigh: July - August 2011
  • Sarah Lynch: September 2011 - January 2012
  • Lisa Mannion: September 2011 - January 2012
  • Tina Martin: February - June 2012
  • Ashleigh Shaheen: February - March 2012
  • Louise Brangan: May - June 2012
  • Gillian Smith: July - August 2012
  • Lianne Meagher-Reddy: September 2012 - January 2013
  • Sinéad Mercier: February - June 2013
  • Tríona Lenihan: February - August 2013
  • Ronan Hickey: October 2013 - February 2014
  • Elizabeth Martin: March - June 2014
  • Keith Adams: March - June 2014
  • Yvanne Kennedy: June 2014 (full-time)
  • Harriet Burgess: July - August 2014
  • Amy Deane: September 2014
  • Iseult Ni Choitir: September 2014 - January 2015
  • David McGuinness: February - May 2015
  • Róisín O'Sullivan: June 2015 (full-time)
  • Ellen Whelan: February - July 2015
  • Louise Rohan: July - August 2015
  • Sean Duggan: September 2015 - January 2016
  • Katie Stevens: September 2015 - February 2016
  • Karl McGrath: February - June 2016
  • Ciara Redmond: March - June 2016
  • Órlaith Ní Mhadagáin: June 2016 (full-time)
  • Stephen Byrne: July 2016 - September 2016
  • Aoife Hyde: August 2016 - January 2017
  • Neil Rafter: September 2016 - January 2017
  • Aisling Bruen: February 2017 - March 2017
  • Pamela Drumgoole: January 2017 - May 2017
  • John Lynch: April 2017 - September 2017
  • Leanne Digney: June 2017 - August 2017
  • Denise Roche: September 2017 - January 2018
  • Emily Ryan: October 2017 - January 2018
  • Niamh Wade: January 2018 - May 2018
  • Anna Devereux: February 2018 - June 2018
  • Anna Flynn: February 2018 - June 2018
  • Erin Ward: June 2018 (full-time)
  • Aisling Troy: July 2018 - August 2018
  • Eibhlín Looney: September 2018 - January 2019
  • Maebh Butler: September 2018 - February 2019
  • Aisling Walsh: Feb - May 2019
  • Mairéad Deevy BL: August 2019
  • Rebecca Connolly: July 2019 - December 2019
  • Orlaith Rice: September 2019 - January 2020
  • Annmarie Maher: February 2020 - May 2020
  • Eloise Thompson-Tubridy: February 2020 - June 2020
  • Doireann O'Brien: February 2020 - June 2020
  • Tommy MacDiarmada: August 2020
  • Jessica O'Connor: September 2020 - January 2021
  • Hazel Nolan: September 2020 - January 2021
  • Shauna Armstrong: February 2021 - May 2021
  • Agnel Nidhi Shiji: February 2021 - May 2021
  • Sean Egan: February 2021 - present
  • Declan McGovern: February 2021 - present
  • Danielle DerGarabedian: June 2021

To find out how you can get involved, see here.

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