Gemma Hussey Papers: a new exhibition

Exhibition: Gemma Hussey Papers

UCD Archives will hold an exhibition of items from UCDA P179 Papers of Gemma Hussey from 21 November 2016 to 3 March 2017 to mark the release of her papers. The exhibition covers her interest in arts and culture, her work as a feminist and campaigner for social justice and her time as an elected T.D. and Minister.

Gemma Hussey is a graduate of UCD. She has a strong interest in arts and culture and served on the board of the Abbey Theatre from 1974-78. A liberal and feminist all her life, she was one of the founding members of the Women’s Political Association and was elected its chair in 1973. She writes and participates in debate and discussion on a wide range of subjects and has maintained a strong engagement with European affairs, in particular the European Women’s Foundation which she co-founded in 1990.

Gemma Hussey served as a Senator (NUI panel) from 1977–82. She was elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for the Wicklow constituency in February 1982 and held her seat at the next general election in November 1982 when she was appointed in the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government as Ireland’s first female Minister for Education (1982–86). She decided to stand down from Irish politics in 1989 and was appointed by the President, Dr Patrick Hillery, to the Council of State that same year. She remains engaged with a wide range of voluntary groups both social and cultural.

Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10.00–16.00, Friday: 10.00–12.00


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