Who We Are

Irish Rule of Law International is a project-oriented, non-profit organisation established by the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland in 2007. In 2015, IRLI was joined by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland in the support and promotion of IRLI’s rule of law projects.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice, is IRLI’s patron.

IRLI is governed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives of the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland. To ensure adequate growth management, in 2015 the Board expanded to include a number of other relevant experts specialising in International Development, Access to Justice, Business and Marketing.

IRLI has Executive staff operating from its headquarters in Dublin: an Executive Director and a Director of Programmes.

IRLI’s project-based work is carried out through a wide range of pro-bono legal experts and programme lawyers, either remotely or in-country. In Malawi, where IRLI implements its largest programme on Access to Justice, a team of six Programme Lawyers support the programme for a minimum period of 12 months each.

Chairman of the Board of Directors

John Shaw Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society of Ireland

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Mary Rose Gearty SC Senior Member of the Council of the Bar of Ireland

Company Secretary

Anna Hickey Senior Associate, Philip Lee

Members of the Board of Directors

Michael Carrigan Solicitor

Norville Connolly Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society Northern Ireland

Sharon Cunningham Chartered Accountant

Kieran Falvey Barrister-at-Law

Mary Keane Deputy Director General of the Law Society

Noel Lourdes Consultant, Business and Finance

Eithne Lynch Associate, Pro Bono, A&L Goodbody

Jeananne McGovern Barrister-at-Law

Rachel Power Solicitor, Public Interest Law Alliance & Strategic Development Manager

Sarah Ramsey QC Barrister-at-Law, Chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland

Brian Storan Barrister-at-Law


Executive Director

Aonghus Kelly

Director of Programmes

Kate Gauld

IRLI Malawi Programme on Access to Justice

Seona Dillion McLoughlin Programme Manager

Macdara Ó Drisceoil Programme Lawyer – Legal Aid Bureau

Tyler Holmes Programme Lawyer – Malawi Police Services

Andrea Vizsolyi Programme Lawyer – DPP

Susie Kiely Programme Lawyer – Judiciary

Lindiwe Sibande Alternative Justice Programme Officer

IRLI Intern

Aoife Lawlor Maynooth University

Legal Volunteers

Philip O’Leary, Saoirse McGrath