Representing Women: Panel Discussion

Drawing from the themes of our current exhibition, Representing Women is a panel discussion that will focus on the past and present of Irish women’s participation in political life.

The panel includes historian Sharon Slater, author of 100 Women of Limerick; former Limerick TD Jan O’Sullivan; and activist Yvie Murphy, Coordinator of the Limerick branch of Women’s Collective Ireland.

Join us on Saturday, 25 May from 3–5pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About the panellists:

Jan O’Sullivan has served as Dáil Deputy for Limerick (1998–2020), Minister for Education and Skills, a Minister of State, a member of Limerick City Council, and Mayor of Limerick. She was also a former Chair of the Oireachtas All Party Group on Reproductive Health and Rights (2016–2020). She has sat on the Board for Daghdha Dance Company and Island Theatre Company and Rape Crisis MidWest. She is presently on the Executive Board of Limerick Civic Trust and the Board of Directors of Ormston House.

Yvie Murphy is a feminist and activist. She was the co-founder of the Limerick Feminist Network and Chairperson of Limerick Together for Yes, formerly Repeal LK. She is also co-convener of Together for Safety, a Limerick-based group calling for Safe Access Zone Legislation. Yvie holds a Master’s Degree in Gender, Culture and Society and has previously worked for Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Women’s Collective Ireland – Limerick, a women’s community development project dedicated to promoting gender equality and working with women across Limerick City and county.

Sharon Slater is an award-winning historian and author whose focus is on the history of Limerick. She has appeared on RTE, TG4, and PBS promoting Limerick’s past. Her publications include A Stitch in Time, a History of Limerick Clothing Factory and 100 Women of Limerick.


Image credit: Máire O'Donovan, Deputy Mayor of Limerick and Kate O'Callaghan, Limerick TD among the Irish political representatives wait at Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), Dublin, on July 22, 1921, to meet the Irish peace delegates returning from London. HOGW 75/W.D. Hogan
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