Congratulations to Alliance Analyst Niamh Gallagher on prestigious Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award

Published date: 
18 Oct 2011

Wednesday 19 October 2011: Under Strict Embargo Until 8pm



Press Statement by


Senator Jillian van Turnhout,

Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance



“Today has been a great day for Irish politics – and for women – with the announcement tonight that Women for Election has been named by the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Social Impact Programme as one of its three ‘impact’ awardees.  The announcement was made by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, at an awards ceremony in The Exchange, Dublin this evening.  Women for Election were successful following a gruelling and intense 8-month selection process by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.  


Niamh Gallagher, Research and Policy Analyst with the Children’s Rights Alliance, is a co-founder of Women for Election, a non‐partisan organisation committed to political transformation, with a vision of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  On behalf of Niamh’s colleagues in the Alliance, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Niamh on this exciting and much coveted award.  We are immensely proud of Niamh’s commitment to this project and her passion for this cause – to see women make up 40% of elected representation by 2021 in Ireland.  


As the Alliance’s Research and Policy Analyst, we benefit greatly from Niamh’s skills and experience.  Her energy and intelligence are a force to be reckoned with and I have no doubt in my mind that Niamh’s steady and creative steer, together with her co-founder Michelle O’Donnell Keating, will see Women for Election going from strength to strength and deliver a political transformation that will secure a fairer, more inclusive Ireland.  We wish them all the best in the future and look forward to watching the progress of Women for Election.”




For more information, contact:

Carys Thomas, Communications Director

Children’s Rights Alliance

Tel: 01 662 9400

Mob: 087 7702845



Notes to Editor:

·         Niamh Gallagher works as Research and Policy Analyst at the Children’s Rights Alliance in Dublin.  As part of her work she represents the Alliance at Social Partnership, on the End Child Poverty Coalition, and at Eurochild, the European level network of children’s rights organisations, where she has been the Chair of the Policy Steering Group.  Niamh has undertaken her work on Women for Election outside of her Alliance role, including being facilitated to take unpaid leave during summer 2011.

·         Michelle O’Donnell Keating is Co-Founder of Women for Election with Niamh Gallagher. Together in 2009, Michelle and Niamh founded Women for Europe, an organisation designed to provide a platform for women to engage with the debate on the Treaty of Lisbon.

·         Senator Jillian van Turnhout sits on the Board of Women for Election.

·         Women for Election will offer a tailored programme of support to inspire, equip and inform women to run for political office.  Under the Women for Election programme, Niamh and co-founder Michelle have masterminded a unique combination of hands-on support and networking for women entering politics. 


Children's Rights Alliance