As an educator, entrepreneur, and public representative, Katherine has thirty years of experience working with the people of Dublin South West, and puts community at the heart of public life.
Katherine is running for the Dáil because she believes that a more equal Ireland can be achieved. She believes that politics needs to become more collaborative, and the gap between the issues facing our communities and what is prioritised in Leinster House must be bridged through working together with the people.
Katherine is running as an Independent because Irish politics needs people with the freedom to think creatively and act courageously now more than ever.
Katherine is a co-founder of An Cosán in Tallaght, Ireland’s largest community education organisation, which is breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty and unemployment. She also led the establishment of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, was an Irish Human Rights Commissioner, and was CEO of the National Women's Council of Ireland.
As a member of the Oireachtas, Katherine is a strong voice for the people of Tallaght, Citywest, Templeogue, Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Firhouse and Greenhills and has published bills on housing, childcare, political reform and the rights of people with intellectual disabilities. She is a member of the Justice & Equality Committee, and Rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights in Leinster House.
As a founder of Marriage Equality, a core partner of Yes Equality, and a leading campaigner over the past decade, Katherine knows that determination and perseverance can achieve positive results to change society for the better.
Katherine holds a PhD in education (Boston College) and an MBA (Smurfit, UCD).