Denise Kirwan Appointed Independent Director of the Irish Association of Social Workers

We are delighted to announce that Denise Kirwan, Partner and Head of our Child Care Department has been appointed as an Independent Director of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) in June 2024. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Denise on this notable achievement and wish her and the IASW Board of Management continued success.

Denise is a highly regarded solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in child and family law. She is an active member of the Child and Family Law Committee at the Law Society of Ireland and is regularly invited to speak at events and provide training for public bodies and health professionals. Additionally, she lectures on the Masters in Social Work program at University College Cork.

Denise’s expertise encompasses a wide range of matters, including applications under the Child Care Act, the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, and inter-jurisdictional applications under the Brussels II Regulations. She also has specialist experience in Adoption, Juvenile Justice, Special Care and the High Court Wardship jurisdiction.

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) is the national professional body for social workers in Ireland, founded in 1971. With over 1,700 members, the IASW is dedicated to advancing the community and profession through excellence in standards and practice. As an active member of the International Federation of Social Workers, the IASW represents professional social work associations globally. Governed by an elected Board of Directors and supported by various Special Interest Groups, the IASW strives to be the ethical and independent voice of social work in Ireland, fostering a community committed to enhancing wellbeing, human rights, social justice and equality for all.