Nominating organisation: Immigrant Council of Ireland
Mary is a qualified solicitor who holds an LLM from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. She specialises in immigration law and represents many children and young people in applications to the Department of Justice and has acted as solicitor in judicial review proceedings on behalf of children and young people of a migrant background. Mary has experience of working with teenagers and young people from voluntary work as a youth leader with Voluntary Services International. Mary teaches and examines on the Law Society of Ireland Certificate in immigration law and she also holds a Certificate in Public Legal Education.