Senator Eileen Flynn was nominated to the Seanad by Taoiseach Micheál Martin in 2020 and is the first Traveller/Mincéir to the serve in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Her background is in community development and activism on behalf of Irish Travellers and in solidarity with other ethnic minorities. She is also deeply committed to the causes of women’s rights, human rights, and equality.
Eileen is proud of her work with organisations such as the Irish Network Against Racism, Ballyfermot Travellers Action Group, National Traveller Women’s Forum, Apollo House, and her campaigning efforts in both the Marriage Equality and Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 (Repeal of the 8th Amendment) Referendums.
She was one of the first people in her family, along with her twin sister, to attend University and graduated with an Honours Degree in community Work from NUI Maynooth. Originally from Ballyfermot, she now lives in Donegal with her husband, Liam, and her young daughter. She hopes to use her time in the Seanad to lend her voice to the cause of human rights and equality for all those at the very end of Irish society.
“More than anything I am hopeful. I truly believe that the appetite for change brings new energy and impetus to tackle the problems causing so much pain and hardship in our communities. I have never been one to shy away from difficult and hard issues and understand deeply the importance of speaking truth to power.”
Gruber grakal a muni talosk air ain.
Working towards a better day for all.