Reporters

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, 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.
Maria Corbett is currently a doctoral researcher with the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway and recipient of a NUIG Hardiman and Irish Research Council scholarship.From 2001 to 2016, Maria led the legal and policy work of the Children’s Rights Alliance which unites over 100 members working together to promote and protect the rights of children and young people in Ireland. She also served as the organisation’s Deputy Chief Executive from 2005 to 2016.
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 Reporting Project since 2015 and has reported on many lengthy cases in Dublin and around the country.
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 CCLRP 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 CCLRP 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 Care Law Reporting 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 worked with the CCLRP since October 2017.