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.
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.
Aoife joined with MLRC as a volunteer solicitor in June 2019. Aoife’s work predominantly focuses on working with families in long-term homelessness, exploring legal remedies available to them to address their most difficult housing situations.
Aoife is a dual qualified solicitor and barrister, having been called to the Bar in 2009, and entered on the Roll of Solicitors in 2016. Aoife is currently practicing as a solicitor and is engaged as a Consultant and Head of Immigration with Philip Lee. Aoife is an experienced litigator who specialises in judicial review and public administration law.
During her time at the Bar, Aoife acted primarily on behalf of individuals challenging public body decisions in the areas of asylum and immigration, social welfare and housing law and international adoption and family law. She also worked with a variety of NGO’s on human rights matters including Women’s Aid, Marriage Equality, One Family, and with Mercy Law. Since joining Philip Lee in 2015, Aoife has advised a range of public bodies and corporate clients on a variety of matters regarding statutory and administrative decision making powers, EU and constitutional law, fair procedures and general public law matters. Aoife has particular knowledge of the law on freedom of information and access to environmental information.
Between her practice at the Bar and subsequent practice as a solicitor in private practice, Aoife holds ten years’ experience in the legal industry, advising both public and private clients. Aoife has also worked with the International Organisation for Migration, the European Database of Asylum Law and Public Affairs Ireland. She also served as Director for the Irish Refugee Council.
Aoife’s extensive human rights and public law experience will hugely enhance the impact of the work of MLRC and we feel most fortunate that she will be working with us in a voluntary basis. We are extremely grateful to Aoife for kindly contributing her time to the work of MLRC at this time when our service is in huge demand. We are confident that Aoife’s past experience and expertise will greatly strengthen to our work providing free legal advice and representation to vulnerable families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
Danielle Curtis joined the MLRC team in 2016. In her role, Danielle looks after fundraising and communications for the Centre and also assists the solicitors with casework. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2015 with a BA International in Politics and International Relations and a minor in Sociology and Social Justice. Following this, she served as a sabbatical officer from UCD Students Union (UCDSU), serving as Education Officer from 2015 – 2016. In this position, Danielle along with UCDSU represented over 33,000 students on a number of issues both nationally and locally.
She then undertook a Masters in Common Law in UCD, graduating in 2018. Danielle is currently a Barrister at Law Candidate at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. Having a keen interest in both human rights and public interest law, Danielle has participated in a Model United Nations competition each year in New York, serving as the Director of the COP UNFCCC committee in 2019. Furthermore, she has an interest in education and education law and is a qualified trainer with the National Student Engagement Programme.
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.