The Committee

The current committee was elected at our AGM in January 2019. Please bear with us while we update photos and bios.


Liam Conlan 




Vice Chairs

Deirdre Costigan

Claire Tighe

Claire Tighe is Vice Chair of Labour Party Irish Society. She was Director of Irish4Europe during the EU referendum, and is Director of Banba Communications that builds a bridge with the London Irish community and Westminster. 


Matthew Doyle

Matthew is has served on the Labour Irish committee in a number of roles and is currently the secretary. He's a former Head of Media for the Labour Party and was a special adviser in the last Labour government. Matthew now works as a political consultant and is a regular media commentator.


Liz McShane


Liz joined the Labour Party in 1995 and has been a member of the LPIS since 1999 and has been on the Executive Committee since 2001. Liz is originally from Bangor Co Down and moved to London when she was 18 to study Spanish at UCL. She was a Haringey councillor from 2014 - 2018.

Disability Officer

Eamonn O'Tierney


Youth & Student

Bridie O'Shea 

Trade Union Liason

Allison Roche



LGBT Officer

Dean Duke

Dean is originally from Cork and moved to London in 2013. He has campaigned for the Irish and British Labour parties since 2008, including at elections and the referendums on marriage equality and abortion rights in Ireland.
Dean works in communications and is a member of the Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad campaign.

Membership Secretary

Katie Curtis

Community Liaison

Muhammad Al-Hussaini



Honorary Presidents

Lord Roy Kennedy 








Baroness Margaret McDonagh

Non-Portfolio Officers

Tom McGarry 


Tom has been a member of the Labour Party for over twenty years and is Vice Chair of LPIS. He is also Political Education Officer of Ipswich CLP and a member of the Cooperative Party and Unite.

Sally Mulready

Fiona O'Farrell

Martin Whelton 

Women's Officer

Paula Kelly

Paula has been the Women's Officer for LPIS since 2017 and is a Senior Researcher in the House of Commons for two Labour MPs. Originally from Belfast, she spent a year working in the Northern Ireland Assembly.