I hold a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Essex for my thesis on Irish Abortion Politics 1992 – 1995 which examined the landmark X-case in 1992 concerning abortion law in the Republic of Ireland and subsequent political fallout in its wider historical, social and contemporary contexts. Since graduating in 2000, I have worked in the area of mental health; training as a therapeutic counsellor and working with a variety of client groups including recovering alcohol abusers, school students, the elderly and GP referrals. I have also been a group facilitator with mental health survivors and service users.
I am currently a freelance writer writing in the areas of social sciences and disability and have been active in disability charities. I am also an aspirant artist painting landscapes, life models and abstract work in the medium of acrylics.