Chief Executive Officer: Leonie Kerins
Since joining Doras in April 2007, Leonie Kerins has worked in a managerial role initially with responsibility for the Advice and Information Centre and most recently as CEO. A fluent French speaker who emigrated to France in 1992, Leonie spent over a decade working for the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), as part of a team guiding African governments through the World Heritage application process. During her time at UNESCO, Leonie was routinely seconded to the Secretariat of the Executive Board, UNESCO’s decision-making body. Leonie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from University College Cork and a Master of Science in Population and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Finance Officer: Lilian O’Dwyer
Lilian O’Dwyer joined Doras Luimní as Finance Officer in 2007. As Financial Officer she is responsible for the organisations daily financial operations, payroll and budgetary oversight. Lilian’s experience encompasses all aspects of financial administration and management in both the commercial and non-profit sectors.
Communications & Campaigns Officer: Aideen Roche
Aideen joined Doras Luimni in January 2014. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law, a higher Diploma in Project Management and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology, focusing her academic studies on migrant integration, the rights of asylum seekers, and anti-discrimination issues. Aideen has been working in the human rights sector and with migrant and minority groups for the past 10 years, in Ireland and internationally.
Legal Officer: Fiona McCaul
Fiona McCaul first joined Doras Luimni in August 2013 on a 9 month internship with the legal service. She continued working with the legal service on a voluntary basis and was appointed Legal Officer in June 2015. She holds a B.A (Hons) in European Community Studies, a first class Postgraduate Honours Degree in Irish Law (LL.b) and a Diploma in Community Development from NUIG. Fiona provides one-to-one legal advice and information on a range of immigration related issues.
Advice & Information Officer: Ella Noonan
Ella Noonan is a member of the Sisters of Mercy who has a background in teaching and vast experience of communityand NGO development work. She has been a Caseworker with Doras Luimní since 2005. In 2006 she completed the one-year ‘College Certificate Course for People working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees’ at Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick. Ella is bilingual in English and Portuguese.
Advice & Information Officer: Teresa O’Neill
Teresa O’Neill has worked in Doras since the establishment of the organisation. As a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order, Teresa spent several decades working as an educator abroad and has vast experience in the community and voluntary sector. In her role as Caseworker with Doras, Teresa provides direct support to clients and engages in outreach activities. Teresa is also heavily involved with the delivery of English language classes.
Advice & Information Officer: Julianne Ryan
Julianne Ryan has worked for Doras Luimní Advice and Information Centre since 2009. She has completed the ‘College Certificate on the Social Inclusion of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants’ provided by MaryImmaculateCollege and Paul Partnership. As a Caseworker, Julianne provides information and advice to migrants on their rights and entitlements and supports them in resolving immigration related issues.
Advice & Information Intern: Consolata Okonkwo
Consolata Nneka Okonkwo holds qualifications in Business Studies and Banking and Finance. She has also studied event management, Business with Information Systems, ECDL, SAGE Accounting and Payroll, and has completed a course on Community Work in a Changing Ireland. Consolata worked with PAUL Partnership as a Receptionist/Administrator from 2007 to 2009. She came to Doras Luimní as a Receptionist Administrator and presently she is the Operations Assistant. Consolata is bilingual in Igbo and English.
Advice & Legal Information Officer: Rachael Bermingham
Rachael started working with Doras in September 2015 as the Advice and Information Intern with the legal service. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York as well as an M.A. in Sociology of Development and Globalisation from University College Cork. She has worked in the political and community development fields in both the U.S. and Australia, working as an Electorate/Research officer to help end the offshore detention of asylum seekers, promoting LGBTI rights and on programmes that improve community access to nutrition education.
Anti-Trafficking & Outreach Officer: Kevin Landers
Kevin joined Doras in April 2017, having previously worked with Victims of Human Trafficking in Liverpool. He also has experience of working with people with intellectual disability in both the UK and Ireland. Kevin obtained a BA Honours Degree in Social Studies in Social Care from Waterford Institute of Technology and an MA Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Liverpool, with his dissertation examining Direct Provision.
Resettlement Officer: Ahmed Hassan Mohamed
Ahmed first joined Doras on a student placement supporting the Advice and Support team, as part of the LIT BA in Social Care programme. Ahmed has worked in areas related to youth, education, environment, peace building, gender and leadership for the last 4 years, including support & outreach roles with Paul Partnership and Kerry Action for Development Education. Ahmed has also worked with the Global Peace Foundation Ireland for the last 3 years, focusing on engaging youth and students within Limerick in environmental sustainability, peace and education related projects.
Education Coordinator: Helen O’Grady
Helen has worked for Doras Luimní since 2008. A recipient of Vodafone Awards in 2008, Helen initially joined Doras as Education and Employment Coordinator. Helen has a particular interest in integration through education. Prior to joining Doras, Helen worked in the field of development education where she became involved with training and supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Helen has a Degree in Social Studies in Social Care and a Masters in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies.