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The Fightback - Making Change in 2017

Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 18.00 - 19.30
Venue: Stanley Quek Theatre, TBSI, 152-160 Pearse Street
This free event is open to the public, click here to book

This event is a panel discussion on the topic of activism and progressive change, chaired by Senator Lynn Ruane. The aim of this discussion is to explore the parallels and interactions between a number of inspiring campaigns and activist initiatives taking place in Ireland today. Covering a range of urgent issues from an activist perspective, the event will also attempt to indicate some of the creative ways in which people have been coming together to make progressive change in Ireland and globally. Featuring guest speakers Ailbhe Smyth (Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment), Ellie Kisyombe (Movement for Asylum Seekers Ireland / Our Table), and Siobhan O'Donoghue (Uplift - People Powered Change)', the panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. All welcome.

Lynn Ruane is an independent senator serving in Seanad Éireann. A former President of Trinity College Dublin’s Students’ Union, Senator Ruane is a long-time activist on issues of social justice, equality and education.

Ailbhe Smyth is convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment. A founding board member of Marriage Equality and recipient of a GALAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Ailbhe served as the director of Women’s Studies in UCD (University College Dublin) from 1990 until 2006.

Ellie Kisyombe is an asylum seeker from Malawi and one of Ireland's foremost activists on issues of racism and human rights. A founding member of the pop-up cafe Our Table, in which all of the food is prepared and served by asylum seekers, Ellie is the Outreach Coordinator for the national campaign to End Direct Provision.

Siobhan O'Donoghue is director and founding member of Uplift - People Powered Change, a dynamic platform for progressive advocacy and activism in Ireland. A former director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Siobhan has been a campaigner on social justice issues for many years.

The Fightback