Chair: Dr Muiris Ó Ceidigh
Dr Muiris Ó Ceidigh holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast, where he conducted research into media, power and emerging recognition of civil and human rights. He is a Trustee of the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His primary degree was a BA in law and sociology from NUIG and this was followed by an LLB. He also holds an MBA from Trinity College and has also achieved an MSc (Economics) from Trinity. In addition, he has graduated with an MA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration. He practiced as a commercial lawyer with A & L Goodbody for several years and is currently CEO of the National Milk Agency. He was appointed as member of Property Services Regulatory Authority in 2016 and he is a Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation. He was nominated by the Minister for Defence to the General Assembly of the Irish Red Cross and elected a Director and in addition serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Irish Red Cross. Recently he was nominated as a Director of the Discovery Program by the Heritage Council. Muiris is a published poet and was recipient of the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Prize. He has served as a director and as national secretary of An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland. He has, on a number of occasions lectured at the University of Paris 1 – Sorbonne on the common law system and it history and at the Institute of Public Administration on commercial law and corporate law. He successfully completed the Oxford University Fintech program in 2018 and more recently an Executive Leadership program at the University of Cambridge. He was a public interest member of the of the Medical Scientists Registration Board before becoming a chair on the Education Review Panel of CORU. He served for many years as a non-executive director of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland having been appointed by UK government. Currently he is studying the history economic thought and globalisation, at Oxford University. He has several legal and other publications.
Mary Lawlor was appointed to the Board of ICCL on 24th April. Mary has a background of over 35 years’ experience in human rights campaigning and advocacy. She set up leading international NGO Front Line Defenders in 2001. Prior to Front Line Defenders, Mary was Director of the Irish Section of Amnesty International from 1988-2000.
Maurice Manning was appointed to the Board of ICCL on 24th April 2017. Maurice is a former President of the Irish Human Rights Commission, as well as a former Senator and TD. He is currently Chancellor of the National University of Ireland. He has had a long careers as an academic, a writer and a politician and has served on several government and non-governmental organisation boards.
Marguerite Bolger SC
Marguerite Bolger is a Senior Counsel specialising in employment law and has appeared in many of the key employment cases before the Irish and European courts. She is a founder member and former Chairperson of the Employment Bar Association of Ireland, the current Vice Chairperson of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting of Ireland and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Irish Employment Law Journal and the Employment Law Reports. She lectures, comments and publishes extensively on employment law, including ‘Employment Equality Law’ (2012, Roundhall Thomson Reuters) and a contributing author to ‘Employment Law’ (ed. Regan and Murphy, 2017 Bloomsberry Professional).
Maria Helen Murphy
Dr Murphy lectures in Information Privacy Law and Information Technology Law at the postgraduate level at NUI Maynooth, and lectures in Media Law and Civil Liberties at the undergraduate level. She also supervises postgraduate students in the areas of privacy law, surveillance, and information technology law. In addition to completing her Irish Research Council funded PhD at University College Cork in 2013, Dr Murphy holds a magna cum laude LLM degree from Temple University (Philadelphia), and a First Class Honours BCL (International) degree from UCC.
Dr Murphy tweets about privacy, data protection, and technology law at https://twitter.com/maria_h_murphy.
Tony Hanway has been Group CEO of Virgin Media Ireland since 2015. Virgin Media is Ireland’s leading ‘connected entertainment provider ‘ offering market-leading Broadband , TV , fixed and mobile phone services to the Irish consumer and B2B market. Virgin Media Ireland also incorporates Ireland’s leading commercial broadcaster Virgin Media Television which operates three free to air TV channels.
Before joining Virgin Media Ireland he spent a decade at Telefonica where he held a number of senior roles including Consumer Director O2 Ireland , Consumer Director Telefonica O2 Czech Republic , Chief Commercial Officer of O2 Deutschland and CEO of O2 Ireland.
From 1995 to 2005 Tony held several positons at the internet pioneer AOL where he was latterly Vice President of AOL UK Customer Care and Managing Director of AOL Europe Operations. Outside Virgin Media Tony holds a non-executive directorship with Immersive VR Education, an AIM quoted virtual reality tech company specialising in education solutions. He is also a board member with Business in the Community Ireland which aims to encourage Irish businesses with their responsible and sustainable business practices.
Tony has over 20 years senior level experience in the ICT industry and has an MSc in Human Resource Management from Leicester University.
Simon Murtagh has worked as a journalist and activist on human rights issues internationally and domestically throughout his career. As programme manager of European Parliamentarians with Africa, he worked on policies affecting Africa and on global political issues for over a decade. Since then, he has acted as a strategist and adviser to a number of progressive causes and campaigns, and founded his own project, “Trade in Spaces,” which advises on trade, development and human rights issues.