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.




Deirdre Duffy, BCL, LLM, BL, MSc  (Deputy Director)

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Deirdre Duffy has provided leadership in the ICCL's policy team since 2007. Together with the ICCL's Executive Director, she is responsible for managing the full spectrum of the organisation's activities, with a particular focus on research, policy and communications across three of the ICCL's work pillars: criminal justice, equality and human rights. In 2015, Deirdre was appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality as the human rights expert member of the DNA Database System Oversight Committee. She is a former Co-Chair of Comhlámh (association of volunteers and returned development workers). 

Deirdre has extensive experience in legal research and policy development across a broad spectrum of human rights and equality issues. She is skilled in advocating for legal and social change at international and regional fora, including the UN mechanisms, EU institutions and Council of Europe bodies. Deirdre holds an LLM in Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Human Rights and Politics from University College Dublin and has completed specialist training in international human rights reporting. A graduate of the BCL programme at University College Cork, Deirdre is a barrister and has previously worked as a policy advisor with the Scottish Executive Justice Department and as a legal researcher with the Houses of the Oireachtas.  




Suzanne Handley (Organisational Development Manager)

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Suzanne Handley joined the ICCL in August 2008. Suzanne is responsible for the office operations and accounting functions in the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.  Suzanne has extensive experience from the commercial sector in accounting and operational departments in the recruitment, property and service industries.

Tel: (01) 799 4505


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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