ICCL Staff

Liam Herrick, Executive Director

Liam Herrick


Liam Herrick was appointed to Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in November 2016.  Prior to his appointment, he worked as Advisor to President Michael D. Higgins for almost three years. Liam was Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) between 2007 and 2014. He has also worked as the first head of legislation and policy at the former Irish Human Rights Commission and with the Law Reform Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), a former Board member of the Children's Rights Alliance and the Minister for Justice and Equality's Strategic Review Group on Penal Policy (2012-2014). Liam graduated from University College Cork with a BCL and LLM and from University College Dublin with a Diploma in Human Rights Law.


Stephen O'Hare, JUSTICIA Programme Director and EU Grants Manager

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Stephen previously worked as Senior Research and Policy Programme Manager with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and took up the role of JUSTICIA Programme Director and EU Grants Manager in June 2017. Prior to working with ICCL, Stephen worked as Policy and Research Officer with Pavee Point, the national Traveller and Roma organisation; Research Officer with the National Council on Ageing and Older People; Consultant Researcher for the Health Services Executive (HSE) and as an independent research consultant. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science (2004) and Master’s degree in Applied Social Research (2005) from Trinity College Dublin. In 2015 he completed the Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. In 2015, he was also appointed to the board of the Irish Traveller Movement (ITM).

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Chris McCartin, Administrative Officer

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Chris joined the ICCL as an Administrative Officer in September 2017 and is responsible for office operations. Chris has previously provided administrative support to key units in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to joining the ICCL, he worked with University College Dublin’s University Secretariat to support a number of governance and management committees.



Roisin Giles, Administrative and Policy Support

Roisin joined ICCL as a short-term Administrative and Policy Support in June 2017. She is assisting with a wide range of ICCL’s work, including research and policy work and the administration of ICCL’s office. Roisin has recently completed a MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, at Maynooth University, and previously completed an LLB in Law at Maynooth.

Joanne Garvey joined the ICCL in May 2007 and is Head of Administration for the organisation. Joanne graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 2001 and worked within the corporate and education sectors before joining the ICCL. Joanne brings approximately 15 years’ administrative, financial and event management experience to her integral, multifaceted role at the ICCL.

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