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Sandra Duffy – Faculty of Law, University College Cork
Sandra Duffy is a PhD candidate in the School of Law, UCC. Her research focuses on gender and the law, in particular gender recognition frameworks in human rights law. She is an Irish Research Council scholar and NUI EJ Phelan Fellow in International Law. Sandra is active in the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment as a member of both Lawyers For Choice and Cork Pro-Choice.
Dr. Mary Favier – Doctors for Choice Ireland
Dr. Mary Favier is a general practitioner in Cork and a founder member of Doctors for Choice Ireland. Doctors for Choice is an organisation that supports a woman’s right to choose abortion. It advocates the decriminalisation of abortion and the provision of a safe, free and legal abortion service in Ireland. Dr. Favier has spoken and written widely on the topic of abortion and reproductive health rights.
Ann Furedi – Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Ann Furedi runs the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortions to about 65,000 women a year in England & Wales. Most of these are provided free to women and paid for by NHS. Women travelling from Ireland need to self-fund, but BPAS has a policy of never turning any woman away that it can safely and legally treat. BPAS was established as a charity in 1968 to provide both clinic services and public education. Today, it is known internationally for promoting women’s reproductive choice (www.wetrustwomen.org.uk) and the decriminalisation of abortion.
Furedi has been Chief Executive Officer of BPAS since 2003 and describes it as, “the best job in the world”. She is an unusual CEO, emerging from a background in journalism and advocacy rather than having followed the usual path of business management or accounting. She sometimes describes herself as “gamekeeper turned poacher” since her immediate past appointment was as Director of Policy, Press and Governance for the UK Government’s regulator of embryo research and infertility treatment.
She regards her greatest public achievements as the publication of new book “The Moral Case for Abortion”, and building an organisation that respects women’s right to reproductive choice, and is run by people prepared to stand up for its clients.
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Adam Butcher – writer/director
Adam Butcher is an award-winning writer/director, exploring a variety of unique visual and storytelling styles. His short films have played at festivals across the globe, most recently his short The Prevailing Wings premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. He is developing a feature film based on his viral short Internet Story.
Carla MacKinnon – filmmaker and animation doctoral candidate
Dr. Jurek Kirakowski
Dr. Jurek Kirakowski is the retired Statutry Lecturer in Applied Psychology at University College Cork. His main area of research is human-computer interaction – the study of the relationship between humans and the IT tolls we create.
PETER MC VERRY: A VIEW FROM THE BASEMENT I WED 16 NOV I 1300 I TRISKEL CHRISTCHURCH
Kim Bartley – Director
PJ Coogan – 96 FM
Dr. Fiona Dukelow – School of Applied Sciences, UCC
Dr. Fiona Dukelow is a lecturer in social policy at the School of Applied Social Studies.
Completed in the mid 1990s, her PhD examined the impact of poststructuralist thinking on the welfare state and she continues to have an interest in this and related areas of social theory and their implication for the politics of the welfare state.
Recently the focus of her research has centred on Irish politics and social policy. To this end she has co-authored, with Mairead Considine, a text entitled Irish Social Policy: A Critical Introduction (Gill and Macmillan, 2009) and co-edited, with Orla O’Donovan, a collection looking at radical writing and political action in Ireland entitled Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2010). She is currently working an edited collection with Rosie Meade, Defining Events: Power, Resistance and Identity in 21st Century Ireland, with Manchester University Press. She is also working on a number of papers with Mairead Considine examining the impact of the economic crisis on Irish social policy and considering the longer term impact of retrenchment on the architecture of the Irish welfare state.
Peadar King – KMF Productions
Fr. Peter McVerry S.J.
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Dr. Finola Doyle-O’Neill – History Department, UCC
Dan Dwyer – NUI Galway, Acadamh
Ciarán Kissane – Broadcasting Authority Ireland
Harry McGee – The Irish Times
Harry McGee is political correspondent with The Irish Times. He formerly worked with RTE, The Sunday Tribune and Magill, which he edited. He is a frequent contributor on radio and television and has presented series for RTE and TG4. He is a former journalist of the year and was the TV3 Tonight with Vincent Browne Journalist of the Year in 2015. A native of Galway, he is also interested in the Irish language, mountaineering and the GAA.
KNOW ALL I FRI 18 NOV I 1300 I TRISKEL CHRISTCHURCH
Dr. Fiona Dukelow – School of Applied Sciences, UCC
Margie McCarthy – Science Foundation Ireland
Barry O’Sullivan – Director of Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Cork
Anne-Marie Tomchak – UK Editor, Mashable
Anne-Marie Tomchak is the recently appointed Editor of Mashable UK – a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. She joined Mashable from the BBC where she worked as a multimedia journalist in BBC World News before going on to successful co-found BBC Trending in 2013.
Before moving to London, Anne-Marie who is from Co. Longford, worked in RTE as a radio news anchor and reporter. She has reported for a number of international broadcasters including NPR, America Public Media, Deutsche Welle Radio and Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
In 2014 Anne-Marie was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for Innovation after breaking a story about the ‘offer’ of illegaL drugs on Instagram, which led to a change in policy by the platform. She also broke the world exclusive revealing that the viral “Syria Hero Boy” video was faked.