Ailbhe Smyth

Convenor at Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Ailbhe Smyth is a feminist, LGBTIQ and socialist activist. She was the founding head of Women’s Studies at University College Dublin where she taught for many years, and has published widely on feminism, politics and culture.  Ailbhe has played a leadership role in many campaigns, including the same-sex marriage referendum campaign In 2015. She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for decades and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution in 2018  with a landlside majority of 66.4% . She co-founded and chairs the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment. A regular contributor to media and national debate on this and other issues, Ailbhe was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019 for her work in repealing the 8th Amendment. 

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