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December 13, 2017

This is a paper presented to the MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD in November 2017, on foot of allegations of sexual harassment and bullying in the arts, theatre and a range of other sectors, and the publication of the Amplify Women toolkit.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Emily, Annette and Pat for inviting me to talk to you this morning.  I’ve...

December 5, 2017

In response to the revelations of harassment in Irish theatre, the #MeToo and #IrishWeinstein hashtags, Amplify Women, an umbrella group that represents, works with or carries out research about women working in the cultural and media industries, has produced a toolkit for dealing with harassment and bullying in the workplace. Olwen Dawe, Sarah Durcan,...

November 16, 2017

This post was originally published on Theatre Forum's blog, on Monday 14th November 2017.

It is two years, today, since the issue of gender equality and, consequently, the lack of female representation in Irish theatre emerged onto the national stage via Twitter.  Galvanised by the significant under-representation of women’s writing in the Abbey Theatre...

October 17, 2017

[This article was published in the autumn edition of Women Mean Business magazine - available in-store or via download on www.womenmeanbusiness.com]

The question of getting more women on boards in Ireland is a long-debated discussion, which, in 2015,

resulted in the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s publication, “Better Boards, Better Business,...

June 12, 2017

This paper was delivered at University College Cork's Women's Studies 'Women's Voices in Ireland' conference on the 10th June 2017.

Advocacy and its role in achieving gender equality in Ireland is a well-established phenomenon.  The rise, recession and rise again of activism, advocacy and issue representation throughout the 20th and 21st century can be...

February 7, 2017

 Written for Ulster Bank's Small Business Can / Business Achievers Forum

Queue lots of you reading this to recoil and say ‘No I am NOT!’. I’ve got news for you folks, we all are.

Much is being made of the role of unconscious bias training, in the wake of, well – a lot of narratives – decrying the lack of diversity and particularly gender equality. Of cou...

June 22, 2016

Having recently completed a postgrad in economic science, I'm fortunate (!) to have had significant schooling in the business of economic evaluation.  It is a truly riveting subject, indeed, one which I have no doubt everyone would love to spend hours poring over. The reality, however, of policy investment - regardless of size or scope - is that every...

May 31, 2016

I have to say, as I type this, I am deeply uncomfortable with the title of the post - but there is an explanation underpinning it!  Last week, I received the "StartUp Hero" award from the StartUp Awards - in recognition of my work on female entrepreneurship, gender equality and diversity.  As a firm believer in the role we all play ...

May 10, 2016

In the wake of the recent cabinet announcements, and more specifically, the creation of a department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht - it's fair to say that a sense of ennui, or more accurately, abject dismay, has enveloped the arts community.  


Seeing the narrative illuminate Twitter and other social media platforms sin...

April 26, 2016


Thanks to Brian John Spencer, writer, artist and blogger, for featuring my contribution on the #NorthernIreland2016 interview series.  


The series discusses the historical context of  the 1916 Rising, North and South - and individual perspectives on Ireland's shared history - past and future.


The #NorthernIreland2016 interviews, including my...

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