Who We Are

 
Front left to right:
Caitriona O'Hara (Administrator)
Maeve Regan
(Managing Solicitor)
 
Back left to right:
Sinead Kerins
(Solicitor)
Shauna Curran
(Administrator)
Liz Fletcher
(Administrator)
Denise Fitzgerald
(Legal Secretary)
Rebecca Keatinge
(Solicitor)
 
 

Maeve Regan, Managing Solicitor

Maeve is a solicitor, lecturer and author. Maeve trained with Arthur Cox and, upon qualifying in 2005, specialised in employment and equality law, working with the Arthur Cox Employment Law Group. On secondment from Arthur Cox, Maeve worked with Herbert Smith, London and in the international legal department of Schering-Plough in New Jersey. In 2011, she worked as a solicitor with Northside Community Law Centre, advising on employment and equality law and social welfare law. Maeve is also the Editor and co-author of Employment Law (Bloomsbury Professional, 2009) which she co-authored with 22 leading employment, pension and tax lawyers. She is a consultant to the Law Society’s Diploma in Employment Law. Maeve's previous position was Legal Officer with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a project of FLAC. PILA is an Irish hub of public interest law and works with lawyers and campaigning NGOs (non-governmental organisations). Public interest law involves using the law to advance and protect human rights and for the benefit of marginalised and disadvantaged people. As Legal Officer, Maeve worked to link lawyers with the legal needs of campaigning NGOs and to increase the awareness of public interest law among lawyers.

Rebecca Keatinge, Solicitor 

Rebecca is a solicitor with extensive experience in immigration and human rights law. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 with a BA in History and Political Science. She then moved to London and completed an MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2004.  After working briefly for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in London, Rebecca joined the legal aid charity Refugee and Migrant Justice in London as an Appeals Caseworker and Team Leader, providing legal advice and representation to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. She then worked for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Cambodia.  In 2010, Rebecca joined Brophy Solicitors in Dublin and apprenticed with the firm. In 2010, Rebecca was awarded the Law Society EU law prize for the highest mark in the First Examination EU law exam. In 2012, she was a prize-winner in the Law Society Client Consultation competition. She qualified as a solicitor in December 2013. During her time at Brophy Solicitors, she worked predominantly in the areas of immigration and human rights.  Rebecca has also been involved with several charities including the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, Legal Aid of Cambodia, mental health charity Aware, and Irish charity Ruhama. She was previously a member of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Group (ATLEP). Rebecca is currently a member of the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA).

Sinead Kerin, Solicitor

Sinead is a Solicitor with extensive experience in Social Welfare and Housing Law having worked with Focus Ireland in Limerick for several years.  Sinead graduated from University College Cork and has a degree in Sociology and Geography and completed her Masters in International Studies from the University of Limerick. Sinead worked as a legal researcher for the Northern Ireland Assembly, the University of Ulster and for a Member of the European Union before qualifying as a solicitor in 2009 having completed her apprenticeship with Augustus Cullen Law in Wicklow. Since qualification Sinead has worked as a legal researcher for the International Development Law Organisation, a Child Law Legal Researcher for McMahon Solicitors and as manager of Focus Ireland Advice & Advocacy Centre in Limerick where she her main work and advocacy was in social welfare and housing law. Sinead is an active volunteer and member of the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, (ISPCC) and Amnesty International.

Geraldine Hynes, Volunteer Solicitor

Geraldine is a solicitor with extensive experience in private general practice, equality an employment law. While working with the Equality Authority she acted in many ground-breaking cases. She lectures in the Law Society to trainee and qualified solicitors and also presents regularly at seminars and conferences throughout the country.  She provides training to NGOs and national organisations involved in equality and human rights work both in Ireland and abroad.  She has also addressed many  European audiences including EU institutions, judicial studies forums and international lawyers’ organizations.  Geraldine is a member and past chair 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 chairs tribunals established under the Mental Health Acts and is an accredited mediator.

Caitriona O’Hara, Volunteer Administrator

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 has also had more than twenty years experience in the field of Diocesan and Provincial administration, administration in a Centre for Women and Mercy Family Centre, Brown St.

Liz Fletcher, Volunteer Administrator

Liz Fletcher trained as a nurse and midwife in Limerick and worked in health care for a number of years. She volunteered for Rwanda during the crisis there in 1994. She returned to Africa in 2003 and spent ten years in Kenya, working in Provincial Administration for nine of those years.  She returned to Ireland and recently obtained  a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality. She has had wide experience in all aspects of administration over the last twenty years, both in Ireland and abroad.

Shauna Curran, Part-Time Administrator

Shauna joined the Centre in March 2013.  She 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 Totally Irish Gifts.com.

Denise Fitzgerald, Legal Secretary

Denise worked with O’Hagan, Ward & Co., Solicitors before joining the Centre in 2010.  She has previously volunteered in the areas of housing advice and animal rescue. 

 

The Directors of our Board are:

  • Helena O’Donoghue (Chair)-Mercy Sister and Director Sophia Housing;

  • Anne Doyle-Mercy Sister and Director of Open Heart House Ltd;

  • Niall Farrell-Solicitor, PJF Solicitors, Newbridge, Co. Kildare;

  • Jo Kennedy-Mercy Sister, Family Therapist and Director of Women’s Therapy Centre;

  • Ciara McGrath- Information/Outreach worker, Crosscare;

  • Deirdre Quigley-Deputy Project Director, Mater Campus Hospital Development - Senior Project Manager, MCO Projects;

  • Patrick Stagg-Director of the National Association of Citizens Information Services and Bluebell & Dublin 8 Citizens Information Centre;

  • Liam Twohig-Accountant, Baker Tilly Ryan & Glennon;

  • Gerry Whyte-Law Lecturer, Trinity College and Director of Kenya Orphan Aid.


In addition, Mercy Law Resource Centre is assisted by a number of volunteers who work on various projects with the law centre. See Volunteering for further information.
 

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