Our Staff

Aoife Murphy

Communications Officer

Aoife joined MRCI in December 2012. As Communications Officer, she is responsible for internal and external communications, including MRCI publications, social media and this website. Aoife has a BA in Language & Cultural Studies from UCC and an MA in International Relations from DCU, and previously worked with a range of human rights organisations and arts groups in Dublin and Cork. She is originally from Cork but tries not to mention that more than four or five times a day.


Jane O’Connell

Legal Officer

Jane has been working with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland since May 2017. She provides assistance and advice to migrant workers on their rights and entitlements, and is responsible for managing case work in the areas of workplace exploitation, immigration and human trafficking for labour exploitation. She also advocates on behalf of migrant workers seeking redress for employment rights violations before the Workplace Relations bodies. Jane has extensive experience in the fields of access to justice, immigration, employment law and human rights. She is a qualified solicitor both in Ireland and in England and Wales. Jane also holds an L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG and a Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland.


Jane Xavier

ESF and Community Support Worker-‘Building Better Futures – Building Social Enterprise with Migrant Women Entrepreneurs’

Jane Xavier joined  MRCI in 2017, she was previously involved with Au Pair Rights Ireland and the Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG). She worked as an au pair in 2006 -2007 and has also worked as a FETAC accredited childminder in a crèche and in a private home. She holds a BA (HONS) in Social Science, she has been involved in social justice activism in many different spheres, such as domestic worker’s rights, anti-racism, and reproductive rights. Prior to arriving in Ireland, Jane studied Nutrition & Dietetics and Hospitality in Brazil, where she worked in hospitals for many years.


Yasmin Kutub

Development Worker

Yasmin joined MRCI in April 2018 as Development Worker for a cross-border project that supports black and minority ethnic and other migrant workers living and working in the Border region, who are in precarious employment. Yasmin is of Bangladeshi descent and moved to Ireland in 1999 from the North East of England, where she worked in the community and voluntary sector, predominantly with black and minority ethnic women around gender-based violence. Yasmin is a qualified Youth and Community worker, holds a Masters in Community Work from Durham University, and is currently completing a Doctor in Social Science at UCC.


Bríd McKeown

Coordinator PEACE IV Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries

Bríd has been working with MRCI since March 2018. She coordinates a cross-border project focused on supporting migrant workers in the border region, working in the agriculture, food processing and services sectors. She has a background working with community groups on campaigns related to migration and gender, and holds an MA degree in Conflict, Governance, and International Development from University of East Anglia.