Every Month, STAND brings you a quick fire Q&A from people who work in NGOs, with government or in community projects.
First up is Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a qualified Barrister and senior lecturer in law at Trinity College Dublin. While she was President of TCD Students’ Union in 1989, the union was brought to court for providing information on how to access abortion.
What do you love most about your job?
Being able to make a contribution to changing the law.
What do you dislike most?
The long hours and being away from my family.
How did you get into this area?
I was active in politics as a student because I felt so strongly about the need to make Ireland more equal, especially for women and girls; and I stayed active as an adult and ran for election to the Seanad first in 1997. I was elected a Senator in 2007 and re-elected again in 2011 and 2016.
What advice would you give to students who want to work in this area?
If you feel strongly about political issues and want to make a change, then you should get active in politics either through campaign groups or a political party!
Image William Murphy via Flickr.