9 November 2016
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., today welcomed Professor Siobhán Mullally’s re-election to the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) for a second term. Professor Mullally has been selected to serve for a further two years, to the end of 2018.  
Congratulating Professor Mullally on her election the Tánaiste said "Professor Siobhán Mullally will continue to make a significant contribution to the important work of GRETA given her wide range of expertise and experience in the area of human trafficking at national and international level".
Professor Mullally was first elected to GRETA in 2012. In March 2015 she was elected to the Bureau of GRETA as the 1st Vice-President of the Group. 
Professor Mullally is currently Professor of Law (Chair) at University College Cork and has published extensively in the field of migration, gender and human rights law.  
During her career Professor Mullally has acted as a consultant and adviser on gender and human rights law for UN bodies (UNIFEM, UNDP and UNIMSET), international NGOs and professional bodies including the International Bar Association, International Crisis Group, Open Society, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Irish Aid.  She also has extensive experience of operating at an international level with a diverse range of organisations and is currently a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. 
She is a former Chair of the Irish Refugee Council and also currently serves on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Standing NGO Committee on Human Rights. She is Commissioner, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Chair, Policy and Legislation Committee; Member of the Joint Committee of the Northern Irish Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Note to Editors:
Ireland ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in July 2010 and it entered into force on the 1 November 2010.
GRETA is the monitoring mechanism set up under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to oversee and review the implementation of the Convention by State Parties.   GRETA is composed of 15 independent and impartial experts from a variety of backgrounds.  They have been elected by the Committee of the Parties for a term of office of either two or four years, renewable once, and selected from among national candidates put forward by State Parties to the Convention.
Further details of the functions of GRETA, and the qualifications required for membership of it, are available on the web site of the Department of Justice and Equality (www.justice.ie) and are also available on the Council of Europe website http://www.coe.int/en/web/anti-human-trafficking/home