Founding Advisory Group
Siobhàn O’Donoghue has been a community worker and social justice activist for many years. Her experience ranges from community and youth work, to national policy advocacy and campaigning. She has a particular interest in economic justice, women’s equality, anti-racism, and workers rights. From 2002 to 2014, Siobhan was the Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. In 2012, Siobhan completed an M.A. in Applied Social Studies in NUI Maynooth. Prior to qualifying as a community and youth worker, she trained to be a nurse. In 2010 she was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship.
Don Hennessy is Ireland’s most dedicated domestic abuse expert supporting women to protection from abuse
Don Hennessy was the Director of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency and the author of the best-selling How He Gets Into Her Head.His third book “How He Wins,” is due for release soon. Don is a relationship counsellor who has worked for many years with women who are experiencing difficulties with abusive or controlling partners. Don is a regular contributor on the subject of intimate control in the broadcast media in Ireland and internationally. For many years now Don has been a leading trainer for services and state agencies and is dedicated to transforming responses towards victims and perpetrators of intimate partner abuse.
Orla O’Connor is Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), the leading national women’s membership organisation in Ireland, with over 190-member groups. She was Co-Director of Together For Yes, the national Civil Society Campaign to remove the 8th Amendment in the referendum. For her role in Together for Yes, Orla was recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME magazine in 2019. Orla holds an MA in European Social Policy, and after starting out in local community-based projects, has worked in senior management in non-governmental organisations for over 25 years. Orla represents NWCI in a wide range of national and international fora. Orla is a feminist, and an expert in the policies needed to progress women’s equality in Ireland. She is an accomplished public speaker, with a strong analysis of public policy. Orla has led numerous high level, successful campaigns on a wide range of issues on women’s rights, including social welfare reform, pension reform and for the introduction of quality and affordable childcare. Orla is passionate about ensuring access to women’s reproductive rights; about ensuring more women are in leadership positions; about ending violence against women; and increasing women’s economic equality.