Festschrift (a writing feast) of Social Policy Discourse

Friday, 29th November 2019, 6pm to 7:30pm
Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin
Registration (with tea/coffee) from 5.30pm

The Irish Social Policy Association and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD are hosting a Festschrift (writing feast) to celebrate the writing of Dr Pauline Conroy who has contributed so much to academic scholarship for many decades. Pauline’s latest book is A Bit Different - Disability in Ireland, Orpen Press, 2018.

The evening will be chaired by Dr Maria Pierce and Dr Patricia Kennedy and contributors will include community activists, social commentators, researchers, academics and others including Therese Caherty, Tommy McKearney, Nuala Kelly and Patrick McDonnell.


There is no charge for this event, however you are required to register, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pauline Conroy’s biography

A graduate in Social Science from UCD and the London School of Economics, Pauline has undertaken research and published on gender, equality, disability, trafficking in children and labour market issues with the Council of Europe, the International Labour Organisation and the European Commission. Pauline has lectured in UCD, the Open Training College and the Open University, UK. In 1988 Pauline spent a year as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, studying the place of women in homeworking and outworking in Italian clothing and textiles.

Pauline’s work with the Third European Programme against Poverty brought her to examine the potential for social and community development in the most abandoned and excluded areas of Europe.

Pauline spent four years with the Mental Health Review Tribunals where she met with patients detained in the closed areas of hospitals. For the last four years Pauline has been engaged in activity bringing her into regular contact with prisoners and their complaints. These reflect her interest in undeserved populations and the rights of people detained in closed spaces. This was initially sparked by social work placements under Dr Ivor Browne at St Loman’s Hospital and then in Boston State Psychiatric Hospital in the 1960s.

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