Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time activist and campaigner on feminist, LGBTI and socialist issues.
The founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin) for many years, she has published widely on feminism, politics and culture in Ireland. Ailbhe left academia in the mid-2000s to focus on working with women’s community organisations and in social movement politics.
Ailbhe was a strategic executive member of the victorious same-sex marriage campaign in 2015. She has been fighting for women’s right to choose for over 35 years, and was co-director of the Together for Yes national referendum campaign which removed the near-total ban on abortion from the Irish Constitution with a majority of over 66% in 2018. She is the founding Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, and is a regular contributor to media and national debate in Ireland.