Supporters at 2016 Election

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  • The Hon. Ms. Justice Catherine McGuinness (MA 1957), former Dublin University Senator and Judge of the Supreme Court (retired 2006); recipient of Honorary Doctorate from Trinity, 2003. Appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D. Higgins, 2012. 


  • Dr. David Thomas, (M.B., M.A., M.Sc., M.I.C.G.P., M.D. (h.c.)), Director, College Health Centre until 2006; Hon. Doctorate 2005.


  • Prof Hilary Biehler, Professor of Public Law, Law and Business Coordinator (Law), TCD.
  • Prof Eileen Drew, (B.A., M.Sc., Dip. MIS, Ph.D.) , Professor of Statistics in the School of Computer Science and Statistics and Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, TCD
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Dr. Mary Henry, former DU Panel Senator and former President of the Penal Reform Trust. 
  • Prof Aoife McLysaght, Professor of Genetics, Molecular Evolution Lab, Smurfit Institute of GeneticsTCD.
  • Joseph O’Gorman (M.Phil, M.A. 1988). Assistant Junior Dean and Strategic Development Officer for the Central Societies Committee, TCD
  • Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell, Irish broadcaster, lecturer in communications at Dublin City University (DCU). A former actor and theatre administrator she was involved in the setting up of the The Helix theatre on the DCU campus.
  • Ms. Susan M. Parkes, Fellow Emeritus (Education), TCD.
  • Dr. Mary Rogan, (LL.B (Dub) BCL (Oxf) PhD (Dub).) Head of Law and Assistant Head of the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, DIT. 
  • Prof David Spearman, (M.A., F.T.C.D.) School of Mathematics, TCD. Fellow Emeritus (Pure & Applied Mathematics) and former Pro-Chancellor of the University, Trinity College. 

Other Supporters: 

    • David Jack Barrett, PhD candidate, TCD School of Political Science
    • Professor Terry Barry, Dept of History, TCD
    • Alan Brady BL (LLB, 2002)
    • Marguerite Bolger SC (LLB, 1990)
    • Joan Burton, TD, Tánaiste and former lecturer in Accountancy in DIT and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    • Rosheen Callender, B.A. (Econ.);  former Researcher with ITGWU and then SIPTU (social and economic policy; employment and equality law; tax, social welfare and pensions);  former National Equality Secretary with SIPTU;  member of Pensions Board (1995-2010) and Public Service Pensions Commission (1997-2001); Fellow of Irish Institute of Pensions Managers; author
    • Laura Carpenter, M.Phil, TCD
    • Pat Carroll, recently retired lecturer Maths Dept & School of Civil and Building Services Engineering, DIT
    • Denise Charlton, BSc, MSc, UCD and former CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland
    • Dr Neville Cox, School of Law, TCD
    • Hugh Gibbons, BA(Mod), MSc, MA, PhD, Lecturer in Computer Science, TCD
    • Grainne Gilmore (LL.B., 2004) Barrister
    • Professor Jane Grimson, Fellow Emerita and Professor of Health Informatics, Trinity College, Dublin
    • Jennifer Johnston, FTCD, Honorary Fellow, TCD, author
    • Dr Joan Lalor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD
    • Adrian Langan B.A., M.Phil (1998), former TCDSU President
    • Professor Lorraine Leeson, Director of Research & Director, Centre for Deaf Studies School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences Trinity College Dublin
    • Eoin Lonergan, TCDSU Education Officer 1989-90
    • Professor Bernard McCartan, School of Dental Science
    • Prof. David J. McConnell, Head of Genetics (1987-98) and Professor of Genetics (1990-2014), TCD.
    • Brian McMurry, Chemistry Dept, TCD
    • Bill Meek, LL.B.
    • Dr Stephen James Minton, CPsycho l, CSci  AFBPsS, Director of Research and Professor (Assistant) in Psychology of Education, School of Education, TCD
    • Senator Fiach MacConghail, B.A. Trinity College Dublin, Director/CEO Abbey Theatre Dublin, former Chairperson of citizens assembley 'We the Citizens', 2011.
    • Seán Ó hArgáin (B. Ed, 1986, B.Ed Hons 1989) Primary School Principal, Former Mayor of Kilkenny(2012-2013) , Deputy President of Union of Students of Ireland 1986-87. Current director of Gaelscoileanna  Teo. and board member of Foras na Gaeilge
    • Dr. Michael O’Connell (BA, 1989), Lecturer in Psychology, UCD
    • Hilary Pratt, Founder of Avoca Handweavers
    • Lydia Rahill, LLB, Law, TCD
    • Odran Reid, MSc Spatial Planning, MIPI MIED 
    • Corinna Salvadori Lonergan FTCD (Emeritus), Italian Department, TCD
    • Professor Yvonne Scannell, Law School, TCD
    • Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, NUI Galway, Plant Ecologist; Plant Ecology Research Unit (PERU); Botany & Plant Science, School of Natural Sciences.  Appointed to The Heritage Council 1995-2000. Chaired Council Wildlife Committee 1999-2000. Council Member Tropical Biology Association 1993-present. Women's Rights activist.
    • Paddy Smyth, Foreign Policy Editor, Irish Times
    • Dr Emma Stokes, Associate Professor (Physiotherapy), Trinity Centre, St. James' Hospital, Dublin.
    • Alan Tuffery, former lecturer, Physiology Dept, TCD
    • Senator Jillian Van Turnhout, former chief executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) and President of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
    • Declan J. Walsh, LL.M., UCL, Lecturer in European Union Law, School of Law, UCC and Member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
    • John Walsh, Ussher Lecturer in Higher Education, School of Education; former Chairperson, Trinity Research Staff Association
    • Louise Walsh, theatre and performance maker
    • Natasha Wilcke née WEYER-BROWN M.A. (Oxon.), Administrative Council member, Grenoble Institute of Technology (G-INP)
    • Professor Barbara Wright, Fellow Emeritus, French Department, TCD