THE Chief Executive of the Irish Penal Reform Trust has been appointed as an advisor to President Michael D Higgins.
Liam Herrick will take up the post in mid-February and will be paid a starting salary of just over €81,000, according to a statement from Aras an Uachtarain.
Mr Herrick has served as chief executive of the Penal Reform Trust since 2007. The organisation campaigns for better conditions for inmates in Irish prisons.
The 37-year-old is filling the position vacated by Mary Van Lieshout, who left her advisory role in November.
The Penal Reform Trust today paid tribute to Mr Herrick for his work in a statement.
"Since becoming Executive Director in 2007, Liam has made an immense contribution to the development of IPRT into the organisation it is today – Ireland's leading advocate of progressive penal reform, known for advancing evidence-based policy solutions, and with a demonstrated positive impact on policy.
"Liam's dedication and commitment to penal reform and the rights of people in the penal system will have an enduring legacy, with wider social justice benefits," the statement added.