The Struggle For Choice In Ireland - A History in Headlines
Saving Womens' Lives: A Report Submitted to the Irish Government (in pdf format)

RESUME - Current and Ongoing

Fulton House of Hope
Originator, Designer and Facilitator, Sobriety Together, innovative Peer-Led Experiential Learning ™, with curriculum and materials development, for women in early recovery from addiction at DC residential program (ongoing from 2007)

Capital Roundup
Board member and Workshop Facilitator (ongoing from 2006); PR (2006-2007), Treasurer (2007-2008)

Secretary DC Alumni Chapter (ongoing from inception, 2005); Organizing Committee Member, DC Awards Breakfast, 2008; Unsung Hero Award, 2007; Meditation Leader, Caron at the Cape weekend (2007 and 2008) and Caron on the Bay weekend (2007)

Oxford House Fellowship of Maine:  Founding Board Member and Vice President (ongoing from 2000)

March 2001-May 2002

Designed and implemented a series of weekly personal development workshops for women residents at N Street Village, Washington, DC


Training Resource Center, Portland
Creator and teacher of skill-development workshops on ìWriting for a Livingî at federally-funded center for workers in transition

Feminist Expo 2000, Baltimore
Panel Speaker, Presentation on "Countering Anti-Abortion Forces Worldwide"
Audio recording available

Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, Amherst
Panel Speaker, Annual Reproductive Rights Conference
Presentation "International Struggles for Reproductive Rights"
Plenary session on "Agenda Setting"

1999 - 2000

Serenity House, Portland
Member, Development Committee;
edited promotional brochure


WEARE for Human Rights
Prepared Feasibility Study, with full commentary and recommendations, examining an NGO proposal impacting the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Awarded consultancy in part because of previous working relationship with the High Commissioner Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland

Portland Schools Committee
Political strategist and media advisor to successful candidate
Drafted campaign literature and briefed candidate on media appearances

Maine Women & Health Care Conference, University of New England
Panel Speaker, Hidden Faces New Visions Conference
Position paper questioned US public policy approaches to abortion law, contrasting them with European models of law reform

Public Policy Submission to Irish Government
Authored and circulated to parliamentarians, media and activists a pragmatic critique of Irish abortion law with legislative recommendations

Multi-lingual Schooling in Maine
Participated through an alternative press essay in on-going controversy drawing on personal experience of being educated through Irish, my second language, and proposing remedial strategies

1998 - 2000

Mercy Hospital, Portland
Member, Committee on Volunteer Effectiveness
Designed and facilitated transitions workshops for volunteers and staff; participated in drafting protocol for volunteer-led groups. Facilitator of weekly out-patient women's discussion groups

1997 - 2000

Maine University System
Lectured on reproductive rights and Irish culture and politics throughout the university sector in Maine. Also taught classes on modern European literature, primarily to women returning to education
Presented material on reproductive rights to state-wide womenís groups and Planned Parenthood

1992 - 1997

Irish Family Planning Association Education Service
Developed and applied 3 volumes of original and adapted training materials for professionals working with relationships and sexuality. Devised and taught a range of courses leading to the award of IFPA Trainer Certificates.
Developed curriculum and facilitated workshops for professionals working with crisis pregnancy
Responsible for total management of the IFPA Education Service


National Conference on Strategies for Relationships and Sex Education
Convened, designed and managed conference; wrote Conference Report presented to the Minister for Education

Sexuality, Fertility, Pregnancy in Men & Women with Physical Disabilities
Participated in international conference held in Sweden; drafted seminar report

Women's Right to Abortion & Contraception
Presentation to European conference held in France; report back to Irish activists


Polish Women's Federation, Warsaw
Designed, implemented and evaluated innovative training program commissioned by the International Planned Parenthood Federation in association with the US Catholics for a Free Choice

Human Rights and the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
Presentation to European conference commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland; Conference Report, including a transcript of this presentation, published in 1995

New England School of Law, Boston
Speaking tour of academia, activist groups and reproductive services providers

1991 - 1993

Irish Family Planning Association
Served as Development Consultant, researching the IFPA submission to the National Health Strategy and preparing promotional materials and undertaking staff training

1983 - 1993

Sexuality and Womens Studies
Lecturer/tutor throughout the Irish university system


Irish Family Planning Association
Director of Education Services; development and implementation of professional adult training programs; originator of 3 volumes of experiential learning materials (1992-1996)

  • Certificate as Experiential Trainer, UK Family Planning Association
  • Certificate in Management of Organizations in the Voluntary Sector, National College of Ireland

European Court of Human Rights
Successfully sued the Government of Ireland on the right to (abortion) information through Open Door Counseling; ruling required immediate Irish constitutional reform guaranteeing this right to women

1983 - 1992

Open Door Counseling
Founder/Executive Director of pioneering crisis pregnancy service (1983-1992);

  • Lecturer in Irish reproductive law and policy, USA and Europe – e.g. American University, DC (2007) (ongoing)
  • Established a national network of publicly-funded counseling services managed by the Irish FPA (1992)
  • Successful FOI application to European Court of Human Rights; Irish constitution amended as a result (1992)


Participant in mainstream political and feminist activism around reproductive rights, racism and environmental issues through campaigning, marching and writing