Our Team

Executive Team

Dr Carol Coulter, Executive Director of the Project, attends meetings of the Board and acts as its Secretary. She is former Legal Affairs Editor of the Irish Times and ran the Pilot Project on Family Law Reporting for the Courts Service in 2006/2007. acc2287229
Maria Corbett is a doctoral research in NUIG researching best practice internationally in child protection proceedings. Previously, she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance.


Isabelle Aylmer is a practicing barrister in Dublin and on the Eastern Circuit. Isabelle completed her undergraduate law degree at Trinity College Dublin, before completing a Master of Laws LL.M at University College London. Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Isabelle was a judicial assistant to a judge of the High Court and the Supreme Court. Isabelle joined the CCLRP reporting team in 2019 and has reported on wardship proceedings, cases in the High Court secure care list, and proceedings in the District Court.
Lisa Colfer has been reporting on child care proceedings since the project was established, both in Dublin District Court and in the High Court, where it mainly hears secure care cases. She has worked as a researcher for Geoffrey Shannon, Government Rapporteur on Child Protection and with the Children’s Rights Alliance. She holds an MA in Equality Studies from UCD, where her dissertation was on the right of the child to be heard in judicial proceedings. She also holds an honours degree in French and English from UCD.
Sarah-Jane Comerford is a practicing barrister in Dublin and on the South Eastern Circuit. Sarah-Jane has completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UCD and has worked in the area of Child Protection, Crime and Civil Law since joining the Law Library. Sarah-Jane has been working with the Child Law Project since 2015 and has reported on many lengthy cases in Dublin and around the country.
Dympna Devenney trained as a paediatric nurse in Great Ormond Street in London. She has extensive experience in all areas of paediatric nursing. She has BSc in community child health and a MSc from TCD. She continues to practice paediatric nursing and is an occasional lecturer at UCD.  She holds an LLB and was called to the bar in 2017. Her practice as a barrister is in civil law and her areas of interest are family and childcare law.
Caroline Doyle is a practicing barrister based in Dublin. She completed an Undergraduate Degree in UCD in French and English (BA), and thereafter completed a Masters in Common Law (MCL) in UCD. Prior to commencing practice, she worked as a Litigation Executive for five years. Currently practicing in both civil and criminal law, with particular areas of interest in employment law, regulatory crime, and asylum & immigration. Child Law Project since 2020.
Joyce Marry is a practising barrister in Dublin and the North-Eastern  Circuit, working in many areas including family law and child care law. She also completed a Master of Laws in Criminology and Criminal Justice at University College Dublin. She has been reporting on child care cases, including a number of extremely lengthy and complex cases, for the Child Law Project since 2015.
Carla Murphy is a practicing barrister and Accredited Mediator. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar & Regulatory Crime. She practices in several areas including asylum & immigration and human rights. She has an interest in childcare law, in particular non-national children taken into care and unaccompanied minors. She has also trained on how to question children and obtain their views. She has been reporting for the Child Law Project since 2019.
Mairead O’Flynn is a practicing barrister in civil and family law on the Dublin and South Western Circuits, having been called to the Bar in 2016. She specialises in the areas of Education, Child Law and Data Protection. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and a post-graduate diploma in data protection law. She is a former Primary School principal of Scoil Mhuire, Ballymore Eustace, Naas. She tutors on the Advanced Diploma in Education Law for King’s Inns. She has reported for the Child Law Project since 2019.
Anne Purcell has extensive experience in social work across mental health, intellectual disability and child protection in Ireland and the UK. In her former Tusla post she acted as advisor on the implementation of Children First: National Guidance for Child Protection and Welfare for numerous national and local organisations and was an accredited child safeguarding tutor and trainer. She worked as a legal volunteer on the Baltimore, USA Innocence project from July-October 2017. She currently works as a barrister in general practice, and has a particular interest in social justice and children’s rights.  She has reported for the Child Law Project since 2017.