About Us Our Team Madeleine Allen, Housing Officer Maddie joined the Irish Refugee Council in November 2020 as our Housing Support Worker Trainee. She became Housing Officer in September 2021. She provides information, advice and advocacy to people who have been through the protection process transitioning from Direct Provision into the community as well as ongoing casework on any issues around housing. Maddie has a BA in Sociology and English from UCD and an MA in Global Migrations and Social Justice from the University of Glasgow where her thesis focused on the barriers faced by migrants navigating the social protection system in Ireland. Previous to joining the IRC she worked as a volunteer caseworker on the detention rights advocacy team with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne.