Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Staff

The day-to-day work of IPRT is carried out by a small staff team, supported by our expert board.

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Saoirse Brady: Executive Director | sbrady@iprt.ie

Saoirse joined IPRT as Executive Director in May 2022. Prior to joining IPRT, she most recently worked as Head of Legal, Policy and Public Affairs at the Children’s Rights Alliance, a role she held since 2016. She previously worked with the Alliance as Research and Projects Manager and with a number of leading rights organisations, including the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), Front Line Defenders and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has also acted as an independent consultant for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and CORU – the Health and Social Care Regulator.

Saoirse holds an MA in European Studies (2004) and a BCL (European Legal Studies) (2003) both from University College Dublin. In 2014, she was selected to participate in a Professional Fellowship Rule of Law Exchange programme, co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Boston College, involving a placement with Boston-based Citizens for Juvenile Justice where she researched the use of mental health courts in the US. She completed the Social Intelligence Associates’ Leadership Development for Transition and Change Programme in 2017.


Molly Joyce: Legal and Public Affairs Manager (Deputy Director) | mjoyce@iprt.ie 

Molly joined IPRT as Legal and Public Affairs Manager (Deputy Director) in November 2020. From February to May 2022, Molly assumed the role of Acting Executive Director. Prior to joining IPRT, she most recently worked as a practising barrister in London, specialising in the areas of public and police law.

Prior to this, Molly worked as the Acting London Programme Manager at Key4Life, a UK-based charity that aims to reduce youth re-offending by offering an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Molly has further experience working and volunteering with a range of human rights and legal organisations in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa, and has tutored undergraduate students in the areas of public, human rights and medical law.

Molly holds a Masters in Law from the University of Oxford (2012) and an LLB in Law from Trinity College Dublin (2011).


Sarahjane McCreery: Senior Policy and Research Officer | sjmccreery@iprt.ie

Sarahjane joined IPRT as Senior Policy and Research Officer in May 2021. She has most recently worked in Dublin’s North East-Inner City community leading a support and research initiative focused on the issue of drug-related intimidation.

Prior to this, Sarahjane worked on both the research and implementation teams of Trinity Access 21, a programme that works towards narrowing the gap in education inequality and widening participation in third-level education in Ireland.

Sarahjane has also worked and volunteered in a diverse range of support and research projects in the areas of neuroscience, educational inequality, social care and community development. She has also mentored and tutored students from a variety of backgrounds to break through social and psychological barriers and achieve their full educational and career potential.

Sarahjane holds a Masters in criminology from Technological University Dublin (2018) and a degree in psychology from Trinity College Dublin (2014).


Pamela Drumgoole: Communications Officer | pdrumgoole@iprt.ie

Pamela joined IPRT as Communications Officer in March 2020. She most recently worked with Merchants Quay Ireland, leading the organisation’s wealth of online communications and supporting traditional communications as Digital Communications Officer.

From June 2017 to July 2019, Pamela worked as Campaigns Officer in IPRT, where she supported the organisation's campaigns and communications activities.

Pamela holds an MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (2017) and a BBL in Law and Business (2015), both from Maynooth University, as well as a certificate in Digital Marketing. She is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Media Relations.


Lorraine Whitty: Membership and Governance Officer | lwhitty@iprt.ie

Lorraine is responsible for the day to day administrative support of IPRT, with particular responsibility for membership and governance support.

Lorraine has worked with a number of charities, on issues such as early years policy and international development issues in the media. She also has experience in administration in the public sector in the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, as well as an educational background having held assistant lectureships in PR and in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

As well as working with IPRT, she has volunteered for a number of organisations in the community and voluntary sector. She has completed Diplomas in Public Relations and Digital Marketing at the European Institute of Communications (2016), a Diploma in Credit Union Governance from UCC (2016), and holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from UCD, as well as an M Litt. in Strategic Studies and M Res. in Research Methods from the University of Aberdeen.

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