Welcome to my website. What an immense privilege it is to hold this position and to have been appointed as Senator by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny (Fine Gael) upon the recommendation of Tanaiste Eammon Gilmore (Labour) on May 20th 2011.
I arrived in Ireland in the autumn of 1983 accompanying my life-partner, Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan, as she returned home from a sojourn in Boston College where we both studied for our Doctorates in Education and Religious Studies. Never would I have dreamed as a young girl growing up on the western seaboard of the United States of America that I would be given the special right to add my voice as a lawmaker in Ireland. During the past twenty eight years of living and working here, I have lectured on ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin, founded An Cosán — one of the largest community education and enterprise centres, located in Tallaght West — with Ann Louise, and have worked in the public policy arena first as Chief Executive of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, and more recently as a Director of The Centre for Progressive Change, Ltd. Two of the great celebratory events of my life here have included becoming an Irish citizen in 1995, and being appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 as a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission.
I am passionately commited to bringing about progressive change, rooted in an appreciation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all people.