Currently a Research Fellow in Youth Justice involved in the REPPP Action Research Project with Garda Youth Diversion Projects and the Irish Youth Justice Service. Before this, Eoin was a researcher on the Greentown replication studies and subsequent programme design process. Eoin has also been involved in setting up and currently teaches on the new Youth Crime module in the School of Law, a cross-disciplinary offering at Masters level that blends legal, policy and social science perspectives on youth crime and offers the distinctive element of dealing with real world issues.
Eoin was previously a youth worker, youth justice project coordinator and then manager in Youth Work Ireland’s Limerick Youth Service over a 12-year period. In particular, he has worked in the community coordinating and managing Garda Youth Diversion Projects aimed at diverting young people from crime and anti-social behaviour. He has also set up and chaired a number of multi-agency fora in Limerick City to combine the strength of community services and achieve better outcomes for young people. He holds an Honours Degree in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Criminology and his practice experience has resulted in various other certifications, Facilitation Training, Train the Trainer and Supervision Theory and Practice. Eoin’s research expertise lies in the area of youth crime, youth crime prevention, youth offender programmes and youth justice. His MA thesis was a case study that focused on the area of ‘desistance’ or the cessation of offending, and how some young adults were able to stay away from crime despite being heavily involved in their younger years. Eoin is a PHD candidate and FAHSS Scholarship awardee focusing on the area of community efficacy in a specific evidence informed Irish programme for young people caught up in serious crime.