The Team

Michelle O’Donnell Keating

Michelle is Co-Founder & Chair of Women for Election. Prior to Women for Election Michelle spent over 17 years in the Financial Services sector focusing primarily in the area of multinational project management and change management, leading and implementing organizational change for blue-chip organisations in Ireland, UK and Australia while combining this with political interests in her spare time. Michelle has built up extensive political campaigning experience at local and national level elections, while also having established and led a number of national referenda campaigns on the Treaty of Nice and the Treaty of Lisbon. Michelle was a member of the Board of Directors for the European Movement Ireland and is now an Advisory Board Member. Michelle is also committee member for Women on Air.

Michelle is currently a Teaching Fellow at DCU lecturing in International Relations and International Political Economy at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and in 2014 won the DCU President’s award for Civic Engagement.

Michelle holds a Bsc in Business from University Central England, an MA in International Relations from DCU and is currently a PhD candidate in DCU examining the impact of IMF Policy upon Women. Most importantly, she is wife to Adam and mother to Isaac and loves baking!

Follow her on Twitter at @mishodk


Niamh Gallagher

Niamh is Co-Founder & Board member of Women for Election. Before Women for Election Niamh worked as Research and Policy Analyst at the Children’s Rights Alliance in Dublin. There, she was lead researcher and author of the Alliance annual Report Card to Government and represented the organisation at Social Partnership and at Eurochild, the European level network of children’s rights organisations, where she was Chair of the Policy Steering Group. Before that Niamh was a researcher at Demos, one of the UK’s leading think tanks, where she co-authored a series of influential reports.

Niamh is a member of the Science Gallery Leonardo Group. She also sits on the Steering Group of ‘The People’s Conversation’ a national conversation about citizenship driven by The Wheel, the umbrella body of voluntary organisations in Ireland. She was previously a Board member of We the Citizens, a member of the Advisory Council to European Movement Ireland and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison in London. Niamh has been nominated for the Women Mean Business Social Entrepreneur of the Year and the Tatler Social Entrepreneur of the year with Michelle O’Donnell Keating. You can watch Niamh speaking at the 2014 TEDx Dublin event here.

Niamh holds a Masters Degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an Executive MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Follow her on Twitter @niamhagallagher


Hannah Deasy

Hannah Deasy

Hannah is the Programme Coordinator and  National Relationship Manager for Women for Election, with responsibility for the Countess Markievicz Circle, and running our training programmes. Now back in Dublin, Hannah has lived and worked in Brussels and Montreal. In Brussels Hannah worked for four years at the headquarters of the Party of European Socialists (PES), where her work included coordinating pan European political campaigns, speechwriting for the PES President, and managing political events across the continent, including regular meetings of progressive Presidents & Prime Ministers of EU Member States.

In 2013/14 she returned to full time study for one year to deepen her knowledge and understanding of communications in Montreal. While there she was awarded the Pat & Bill Tierney Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Hannah has an MA in History (International Relations), and a BA (International) in History & Political Science, both from University College Dublin. She also holds a Diploma from Sciences Po Paris and an Honours Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University Montreal.

Follow her on Twitter @hannahmdeasy

Una Power

UnaPower

Una is the INFORM Project Co-Ordinator and Communications Officer for Women for Election. As part of her work for the organisation, she oversees the running of the INFORM training programme for third level students, coordinating programme roll-out with colleges around Ireland, and providing training in public speaking and social media campaign strategy. On a day to day basis she manages Women for Election’s social media accounts and website.

Una was co-editor of University College Dublin’s independent newspaper The College Tribune for the 2015/16 edition. The paper covered issues both at a university and at a national level, with many original articles being reprinted by The Irish Times. She was also heavily involved in UCD’s radio station Belfield FM, where she worked as a presenter and producer for current affairs and arts shows. Previously Una worked as a travel columnist for The Dungarvan Observer. Una has also worked as a tutor in UCD’s School of Politics and International Relations.

Una has a BA in Political Science and German from University College Dublin, and previously studied Drama and Theatre (BA) in University College Cork.

Follow her on Twitter @unapower