Barry joined Plan in June 2014. His background is in Law, and he has a BCL and LLM from UCD. Having completed an MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University, London, Barry’s first steps in the development/ humanitarian sector came while on a study placement with Self Help Africa.
There he researched the implications ethnic/ tribal tensions were likely to have on SHA’s programmes in the build-up to Kenya’s Presidential and Governmental Elections in March 2013; his research led him to Kenya in late 2012, where he travelled around conducting interviews and visiting programmes and IDP camps, and saw first-hand the importance and potential of development.
Leading on from that experience, he chose to focus the subject of his masters’ thesis on the roots of ethnic conflict and used Kenya as the empirical example, which earned him a distinction.
His other interests include sport and music, and he is a member of Bray Emmets G.A.A club.