Friday 18 April 2014

President Higgins appoints new advisor

President Michael D Higgins

President Michael D Higgins has appointed a human rights and penal reform expert as his new adviser.

Liam Herrick, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, will take up the role in the middle of next month and be in place for three years, Aras an Uactharain confirmed.

He accepted the position following the departure last year of Mr Higgins's former aide Mary van Lieshout, who left the job after just 18 months. American-born Ms van Lieshout took up a role with aid agency Goal.

Mr Herrick's position will be principal officer, with a salary scale from 75,647 euros a year.

The 38-year-old worked at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Irish Human Rights Commission before taking up the role at the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Mr Herrick has also been a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Government's strategic review group on penal policy.

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