Deirdre has made real and lasting social change in Ireland through managing the recent Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and working on the Marriage Equality referendum. She spent ten years working with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (2007 – 2017) and as Deputy Director, she led the organisation’s work on international human rights and criminal justice.
She has addressed the UN Human Rights Council and appeared before various UN Committees, and as a human rights and equality expert has contributed to various international campaigns and expert legal groups.
Deirdre is a founding Board member of the Victims Rights Alliance and campaigned successfully for the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017. Deirdre also sits on the Board of Directors of the Dublin Well Woman Centre and LGBT Ireland. She has previously held the position of Vice-Chair of Comhlámh (Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers) and is former secretary of the Irish Society of International Law; and former representative on Fair Trials International Legal Expert Advisory Panel (LEAP).
In 2015, Deirdre was appointed the human rights expert to the DNA Database System Oversight Committee. The first of its kind in Ireland, its role is to oversee the integrity of the DNA Database System established under the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) 2014.