Aoife is Managing Solicitor at Mercy Law Resource Centre.
Previously, she worked as a solicitor in A&L Goodbody and Matheson, where she advised commercial entities, in particular financial institutions, and public bodies on investigations, regulatory matters and complex litigation and disputes.
Aoife is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Plan International Ireland, an international charity that aims to advance children’s rights and promote equality for girls.
Aoife is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, a graduate of University College Cork and has completed post-graduate programmes in law and business disciplines with Queen Mary, University of London, the Leicester Castle Business School, DeMontfort University of Leicester, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Paul is a solicitor with extensive experience in family and child law having worked for the Legal Aid Board as a part of the civil legal aid and advice team at Finglas Law Centre. Prior to this, Paul was part of the corporate team at A&L Goodbody Belfast, acting on behalf of businesses and charities in relation to corporate legal needs. During his time with ALG, Paul was also an active contributor to ALG pro bono projects, including producing a report on forced labour.
Paul holds a BA in History & Political Science and a Masters of International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Paul also holds a Master of Legal Science from Queens University in Belfast and attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Queens University Belfast, subsequently qualifying as a solicitor in 2015. Within the not for profit sector, Paul worked for the organisation ‘Healing through Remembering’, researching and providing analysis on issues surrounding conflict in Northern Ireland. Paul joined MLRC in May 2019.
Katherine qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and was engaged in general practice and legal education until 2001, when she joined the office of the DPP as a prosecutor. During her time there she worked in judicial review, Circuit Criminal Court trials and District Court prosecutions, which she personally conducted daily in the various Dublin District Courts. She then qualified as a barrister and practised mostly in the area of criminal defence, with some defamation and more general civil work.
Katherine worked as a casework and legal adviser and national policy developer with MABS from 2013 to 2016, where she advised frontline staff on queries from their clients and lending institutions. She was responsible for highlighting the lack of free legal and financial aid for MABS clients when facing court, and designed the outline of what is now the government’s Abhaile scheme. She also co-wrote a debt management protocol with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) which resulted in the write-down of more than €10M in unsecured debt by their members within a year. Having re-joined the register of solicitors in 2019, she acted as criminal prosecutor on behalf of the National Transport Authority.
She holds a BA Hons, a postgrad diploma in criminology, and a BL degree from Kings Inns. She served as a member of the board of Caranua from 2013 to 2021. She has volunteered for FLAC, NALA, and the Robert Emmet after-school homework club as a tutor, and has participated in international humanitarian tours with other lawyers to Colombia and Syria.
Her work at MABS on threats to security of housing during the last recession, as a result of a lack of housing supply and repossessions, has prepared her for her current role at MLRC.
Heber is our Fundraising and Communications officer. He has worked in a wide range of industries with policy and communications as his central interest. He has significant experience in political campaigning throughout Ireland with an academic background in Philosophy, International Development, Economics and Public Relations. In his working life he has been a language teacher in Japan, a parliamentary assistant, a civil servant, an advocacy officer and even an actor on occasion!
He has a passion for social justice and with his broad range of experience in the charities sector, we are thrilled to have him on board.
Geraldine is a solicitor and mediator who has been associated with MLRC since 2012. While working with the Equality Authority from 2001-2012, she acted in many ground-breaking discrimination cases. She now provides consultancy services to private and organisational clients in workplace dispute resolution, including mediation, investigations and appeals. She is also a volunteer community mediator with Northside and Southside mediation services.
Geraldine is a member and past chairperson of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society and was also a founding committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland. She currently lectures on a number of Law Society diploma courses, including employment law, mediation and judicial skills. She chairs tribunals established under the Mental Health Acts and is a member of the board of the Workplace Relations Commission.
Kathleen Byrne is a Sister of Mercy who has worked in the field of education in the United States for a number of years. She has had wide experience of interacting with people of diverse cultures and nationalities, an experience she greatly appreciates. While living in Scotland, Kathleen was also involved in pastoral work. Kathleen is very happy to have the opportunity of being involved in the Mercy Law Resource Centre. Kathleen joined the MLRC team in September 2017.
Sinead is a solicitor and was previously an associate in Competition and EU Law at McCann Fitzgerald. Sinead brings a wealth of experience to the MLRC team. Sinead is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LL.B.) and the University of Oxford (B.C.L.). While studying at Trinity as a law student, Sinead developed her legal knowledge of human rights, a lifelong passion that has seen her volunteer in a wide range of organisations. This motivation to make a positive impact on vulnerable communities has seen Sinead working with underprivileged young adults in Hong Kong, disabled orphans in Romania and as a volunteer with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) in Dublin.
Following her studies at Trinity, Sinead specialised in human rights law at the University of Oxford, furthering her legal knowledge and expertise. Sinead has previously worked as an Associate at McCann Fitzgerald for the last number of years, working on cases relating to EU and Competition law, constitutional law and legislative queries. Sinead’s background of advocacy, front line experience, passion for social equality and wide-ranging legal knowledge will greatly strengthen the work of MLRC and enrich the quality of our services. Sinead joined the MLRC team as a solicitor in July 2019.
Nuala has worked with MLRC as legal secretary providing locum and extra cover for periods since 2013, joining the team permanently in 2015. Nuala has worked for the legal profession for many years in small, medium and large legal firms. She has wide experience in all areas of law. Nuala has been involved throughout her life with issues that affect people on the margins of our society. During the 60s and 70s she was heavily involved in the Dublin Housing Action Committee which campaigned for the alleviation of the housing crisis at that time. During the 90s she was involved in the Regeneration Programme for Rialto contributing to the general issues of the programme and in particular to the area of employment and training , acting as the independent member on the Board of the FAS Management Project.
Shauna joined the Centre in March 2013 as Administrator. Shauna’s role includes arranging MLRC training on housing law; accounts and salaries; and other varied administration tasks.
Shauna has worked in a variety of offices over the years, the last being the Dublin Mid-West constituency office for former FF Government Chief Whip, John Curran T.D., where many of the constituency queries related to housing and social welfare issues.
Shauna was heavily involved with Community Games at local, county and national level, but in 2011 took time out to study Creative Communications and Web Design/Development leading to the start-up of www.totallyirishgifts.com.
Caitriona is a Sister of Mercy who has worked for some years in the field of education as a teacher at Primary and Secondary level and as School Administrator in three schools. She possesses a wealth of experience, including over twenty years’ experience in the field of Diocesan and Provincial administration, administration in a Centre for Women and Mercy Family Centre, Brown St., Dublin. Catriona has been with MLRC since its establishment in September 2009.