TI Ireland Staff
John Devitt - Chief Executive
John is an ethics and communications specialist by training. He holds a first-class Masters degree in Ethics from Dublin City University, is a graduate of European Studies at the University of Limerick and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. John founded TI Ireland in 2004 and has led TI Ireland’s whistleblowing research and support programme for the past nine years. He is author or researcher on numerous reports and guidance on the topic of whistleblower protection, ethics and anti-corruption standards, and has advised the Irish Government, United Nations, Council of Europe, and European Commission amongst others on whistleblowing legislation and procedures.
Judy O'Loan - Legal Counsel
Judy is a solicitor by training. Upon graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, she completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. She then worked in EU regulatory affairs and public administration for seven years, before returning to law. She worked for five years with London’s leading human rights firms gaining significant experience in human rights and personal injury litigation as well as administrative law encompassing judicial review. Judy O’Loan serves full-time as TLAC’s Managing Solicitor. Judy acts as TI Ireland’s legal counsel on a part-time basis providing occasional legal advice.
Stephanie Casey - IAW Programme Manager
Stephanie manages the Integrity at Work (IAW) programme at Transparency International Ireland. She is responsible for the development and delivery of IAW member support including training, policy guidance and events as well as communicating the aims and vision of the initiative to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders. Stephanie has worked in the non-profit sector for over eighteen years, previously holding senior managerial roles in Oxfam Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society and Arthritis Ireland. Stephanie holds a first-class MA in Ethics from Dublin City University.
Catherine Lawlor - Advocacy and Research Coordinator
Catherine works on the National Integrity Index and other research projects. After a BA in Russian and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, Catherine continued to study philosophy at MA and PhD level at Universiteit van Amsterdam and University College Dublin, and has worked as an academic researcher and editor. Before joining TI Ireland, she worked in the Irish diplomatic service, most recently as Deputy Head of Mission and Consul at the Embassy of Ireland in Bulgaria and on Ireland’s overseas development programme, Irish Aid. She has also worked as a fraud investigator and risk analyst in the banking and technology sectors.
Donncha Ó Giobúin - Speak Up Helpline / Office Coordinator
Donncha coordinates the Speak Up Helpline. A media and communications professional by training, Donncha graduated with a B.A in Journalism from Dublin City University. He joined the TI movement as a helpline volunteer in August 2014 and has previously worked as a researcher for Newstalk Radio and as a presenter for Radio na Life, Dublin’s Irish language radio station.
Jane Matthews - Programme Executive
Jane is a Programme Executive working across TI Ireland and the Integrity at Work (IAW) programme. She supports the development and delivery of the IAW programme and aids in the communication of TI Ireland’s work and goals with external stakeholders. Jane holds a BA in Economics, Politics and Law from Dublin City University and has three years’ experience working in the media industry before joining TI Ireland in 2021. She is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Development at University College Dublin.
Transparency Legal Advice Centre Staff
Judy O'Loan - Managing Solicitor
Judy is a solicitor by training. Upon graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, she completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. She then worked in EU regulatory affairs and public administration for seven years, before returning to law. She worked for five years with London’s leading human rights firms gaining significant experience in human rights and personal injury litigation as well as administrative law encompassing judicial review. Judy has been Managing Solicitor of Transparency Legal Advice Centre since November 2017.
Lorraine Heffernan - Acting Managing Solicitor
Lorraine Heffernan serves full-time as TLAC’s Acting Managing Solicitor. Lorraine acts as TI Ireland’s legal counsel on a part-time basis providing occasional legal advice. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree (University College Dublin, 1990) and trained with a top Dublin law firm to qualify as a Solicitor (Law Society of Ireland, 1994). Lorraine has pursued further studies in the area of Employment Law and further study with University of Limerick in Housing Law and Policy. Lorraine has a track record in community work where she actively pursues her interests in systems development, compliance and risk assessment.
She has worked as a volunteer information officer with Citizens Information to provide clarity and guidance on many complex issues. Her work at Transparency Legal Advice Centre focuses on policies, procedures, legislative requirements and legal obligations in the area of making protected disclosures. Lorraine is delighted to be able to advise on this dynamic and important area of law.
TI Ireland Associates
Alex specialises in understanding the nexus between corruption and organised crime, in particular in post-conflict settings. He is currently completing a PhD examining these themes at Trinity College Dublin, where he holds a Research Residency at the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Alex has previously worked in diplomacy and criminal justice cooperation in various countries, as well as consulting for the UN. He holds an MPhil with Distinction in International Peace Studies from TCD and a BA in Law and Politics from Durham University, and is an accredited mediator with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.
Dr Lauren Kierans, BL
Dr Lauren Kierans lectures in Whistleblowing Law at undergraduate level and as a Professional Certificate at Maynooth University. She is also a qualified barrister specialising in Whistleblowing Law. Lauren holds a PhD on Protected Disclosures and has published articles, book chapters and national reports on whistleblowing law. She co-authored ‘Protected Disclosures Act 2014 - Annotated Legislation’ with Anthony Kerr (published by Round Hall). Lauren was awarded the governmental project for the drafting of the protected disclosures procedures guidance for public bodies on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
Gráinne is the founder and senior consultant of GMJ Associates, which provides guidance to Irish businesses on responsible business practice. Gráinne's work includes development of corporate responsibility strategy, non-financial reporting and report assurance, development and implementation of ethical compliance programmes and protected disclosure policies. Gráinne also lectures on Corporate Responsibility to MBA students in Trinity College Dublin and Griffith College Dublin.