Ailbhe is a feminist campaigner and former academic. She was the founding director of the Women’s Education, Research and Resource Centre (WERRC) and was head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin) from 1990 until 2006. She has published widely on feminism, equality, politics and culture in contemporary Ireland.
Ailbhe has served on numerous State boards including the Higher Education Authority and as a Trustee of the National Library. She is an independent strategic consultant and is active in social movement politics. She is Convenor of Feminist Open Forum, a board member of ERA (Equality and Rights Alliance), an organiser for Action for Choice, and is the former Chair of the National Lesbian and Gay Federation. She has campaigned prominently on many Constitutional issues.
A founding board member of Marriage Equality, she was an Executive member of the successful Yes Equality referendum campaign to achieve equal marriage rights for LGBT people in Ireland. In 2015 she was honoured with the first ever ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the annual GALAS (LGBT awards) in Ireland. Ailbhe co-founded the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment in 2013.
Sinéad Kennedy teaches in the School of English, Theatre and Media Studies at Maynooth University where she is a Senior University Tutor. Her research interests focus on critical theory, in particular the control and regulation of the female body by the neoliberal state. She has published widely on the politics of abortion in Ireland and internationally and has recently co-edited The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2 (2015). She is currently completing a book on feminist political theory under neoliberalism. She has been involved in feminism and pro-choice activism for almost 20 years and was a spokesperson for the Alliance for a No vote during the 2002 abortion referendum. More recently she was a founder member of Action on X and currently works with Action for Choice to campaign for access to free, safe and legal abortion in Ireland, North and South. She is a co-founder of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Sandra is the coordinator with the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment having previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in Dáil Éireann for both Government and opposition TDs. She played a leading role in the campaign for the establishment of a state-funded remediation scheme for pyrite-affected homes as well as an LPT exemption for homeowners whose homes were affected by pyrite.
Sandra is graduate of Dublin City University and has an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication from the Dublin Institute of Technology. She also has considerable work experience through several personal assistant and administrative roles and has a keen interest in politics, social justice and political reform.