Staff & Board

IRLI is governed by a Board of Directors including representatives of the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar of Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and the Bar of Northern Ireland. To ensure adequate growth management, in 2015 the Board expanded to include a number of other relevant experts specialising in International Development, Access to Justice, Business and Marketing.


Chairperson of the Board of Directors

John Shaw, Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society of Ireland


Members of the Board of Directors

Bernard Brady QC, Barrister-at-Law, Chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland

Norville Connolly, Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society Northern Ireland (Norville also volunteers with us, as Country Director of our programmes in Zambia and Tanzania)

Kieran Falvey, Barrister-at-Law

Eithne Lynch, A&L Goodbody LLP

Maura McNally, Barrister-at-Law

Michele O'Boyle, Solicitor


Executive Director

James Douglas


Director of Programmes

Seán McHale


Programme Lawyer Northern Ireland

Anne-Marie Blaney


Pro Bono Development Manager

Michelle Drury


IRLI Malawi Programme on Access to Justice

Susie Kiely, Country Programme Manager

Macdara Ó Drisceoil, Programme Lawyer – Legal Aid Bureau

Martha Pigott, Programme Lawyer – Malawi Police Service

Kate Loughran, Programme Lawyer- Access to Justice Programme 

Immaculate Maluza, Programme Lawyer – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Lindiwe Sibande, Southern Regional Legal Coordinator

Margret Mwale, Child Diversion Programme Officer

Nellie Chipeta, Finance and Admin Officer


Finn Fellow 

Sienna Dunakin


Office Manager, Dublin office

Caroline Lamba


Legal Assistant

Vongdarareach Chhour


Legal Volunteer

Neema Winfred Ngowi


Financial Controller

Evolve Chartered Accountants


Media & Communications

With thanks to Matheson for the continued support.



The Hon. Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Former Chief Justice of Ireland, is IRLI’s patron.

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