Our Staff

Edel McGinley


Edel McGinley has worked with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland since 2006. In her time here she has coordinated the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign and held responsibility for MRCI's communications. She is the current chair of PICUM (the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) and a board member of Uplift, a multi-issue campaigning organisation. Edel previously coordinated two Equality for Women initiatives, including developing the Domestic Workers Action Group, and work with migrant women in rural Ireland. Before joining MRCI, Edel worked in various social care and youth work positions. She has a BA in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Globalisation, and Diplomas in Youth and Community Work and Digital Media Technology.


Sancha Magat

Drop-In Centre Coordinator

Sancha Aurora Magat is from the Philippines and has lived in Ireland since 1999. Prior to joining the MRCI, she was engaged as a pastoral care worker supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers in accessing adult education. Sancha coordinates MRCI's Drop-In Centre, providing information on rights and entitlements to migrant workers and their families, and advocating on their behalf with service providers and government departments. Sancha also engages with organisations around the country to build referral relationships and ensure that the needs of migrant workers and their families are met. Sancha holds a Masters Degree in Management: Community and Voluntary Services at All Hallows College, Dublin.


Helen Lowry

Deputy Director

Helen has worked in MRCI since 2004, supporting the development of its community work model aimed at building leadership and empowering migrants to take collective action for a more just and equal Ireland. She graduated in Youth and Community Work from Maynooth University and has a Masters in Applied Social Studies.  She has coordinated several leadership development courses, including the first course in Community Work aimed at migrants in Ireland. She has worked on numerous social justice and equality campaigns and is currently coordinating MRCI’s Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign with the JFU core leaders group.  Helen is an active member of Community Work Ireland and is a current board member of the European Network Against Racism Ireland (ENAR). She contributes as an occasional lecturer in community work theory and practice in NUIM and has a particular interest in the role values and power analysis play in critical community work praxis.


Aoife Smith

Social Enterprise and Care Coordinator

Aoife Smith has a background in Community Development and Journalism. She coordinates MRCI's Care Work and Social Enterprise project. She is interested in solution-driven actions and methodologies to tackle social issues. Integral to her practice is supporting communities to generate and drive solutions to barriers they experience.  She has been with MRCI since 2009 working with domestic workers, home care workers and au pairs to tackle discrimination based on gender, employment and immigration status.


Hilary Royston

Finance Manager

Hilary undertakes all core financial and administrative tasks in MRCI, and ensures accountable and well-managed financial and administrative systems. She is a qualified ACCA accountant. Before joining MRCI, Hilary worked as a Programme Support Officer for an international NGO based in Dublin, focusing on school improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also served with the US Peace Corps in Malawi as a Community Health Worker from 2003-2005. She has an M.Phil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick.