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A Conversation on the Repeal of the 8th Amendment

Speakers:
Rhona Mahony, Master of Holles St Hospital Dublin
Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor of Independent News & Media – with Host, Maxine Mawhinney.

Dr Rhona Mahony:

Dr Mahony is the Master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin. NMH is one of Europe’s largest maternity hospitals, delivering 9,000 infants annually and is a major Irish tertiary referral centre providing advanced obstetric, neonatal and gynaecological care. Dr Mahony is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, a Specialist in Maternal and Fetal medicine and an Honorary Clinical Professor with RCSI. She has published widely in the academic press. Dr Mahony is a Fellow of the RCOG UK, the RCPI in Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of O&G. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from NUI, Ireland. In 2014 Dr Mahony became an Eisenhower Fellow spending time in the USA as part of a Multi-Nation leadership Programme. In 2013, Dr Mahony founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the Hospital. Dr Mahony is a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland and serves on the board of the Little Museum of Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.

Dearbhail McDonald:

Dearbhail McDonald is Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media (INM plc). A global Eisenhower Fellow, the award winning journalist, author, motivational speaker and broadcaster is the youngest recipient, in 2017, of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media. A Dublin City University Special Alumni Achievement honouree, and an Irish Tatler’s Media Woman of the Year, Dearbhail serves on the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing centre for children and young adults. A director and trustee of the St Stephen’s Green Trust, Dearbhail is also a member of the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law. She holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University and has written extensively on Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution.

You can tweet @Dearbhaildibs

  • DATE AND TIME
    • 11 April 2018
  • LOCATION
      • Central London location TBA
  • TICKET
    • Free

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It's a sweltering afternoon and on a quiet London side street, outside an impossibly chic bakery (it's where Meghan and Harry had their wedding cake made), academic, author and former-model Emma Dabiri is taking a well-earned break from working on the final manuscript for her forthcoming book: Don't Touch My Hair.
Before we meet I half considered this a slightly redundant admonition for polite society - why would anyone, bar someone with latent Harvey Weinstein tendencies, touch a woman's hair unbidden? - but, in person, you can see where the temptation might arise. In this most genteel of settings, Emma's hair is an event, a happening, a lustrously-beautiful nimbus that frames her fine features. Curiosity and generations of cultural racism seem to spur the urge to pet it, stroke it. I heroically resist, but others are not so strong.
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"A few weeks ago a woman reached out to touch my hair on the tube and as she put out her hand she said 'wait… you don't like that, do you?' It was as though some dim memory of editorials she'd read somewhere, came bursting through; she remembered and held herself back a bit.
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Growing up in Dublin, it happened all the time. It was constant. Often kids would just say "oh my God, look at her hair, it's mad" and come right over and have a feel and a chat", she recalls. "It felt strange and objectifying. I found it strange because I wouldn't even touch someone's dog without asking them. I never questioned all of the treatments (that are used to 'relax' black hair) but they weren't always available to me because it's difficult to get those products in Ireland. My mum would work in Liverpool or Manchester, and there you could get a curly perm, which is sort of like defined curls, rather than afro hair.
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