Concern at the under-representation of women in the county councils of the North West / Midlands region was the catalyst for the formation of the See Her Elected (SHE) programme in 2019.
SHE is a joint initiative between Longford Women’s Link (a social enterprise in County Longford who work to ensure that women in Longford can fulfil their potential in a safe and equal society), and 50:50 North West (a group who advocate for equal representation for men and women in Irish politics, particularly in the North west of Ireland). The success of SHE since those early days mean the SHE Programme has a presence in every county in the Ireland.
The programme is fully funded by the Irish Government’s Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Michelle and Mairéad make up the small yet mighty SHE team.
Dr Michelle Maher
Dr Michelle Maher is the SHE Programme Manager. Michelle holds an honours degree in politics and history from Maynooth University and also completed her PhD there on the politics of pension policy in Ireland. She lectured on the University’s Politics Degree course before joining See Her Elected in January 2020.
Michelle lives in Westmeath but likes to remind everyone she is from Donegal.
Phone: 086 0320455
Mairéad O’Shea is the Communications Manager for SHE. Mairéad is a former Media/PR Consultant and journalist with 20+ years of experience in media. Mairéad has an Honours Degree in English / Media & Communications from the University of Limerick and a Post Graduate Degree in Applied Communications from NUI, Galway. She also has vast experience in the political arena including election campaigns and has worked as a parliamentary assistant to a TD. She joined SHE in January 2022.
Mairéad is a proud Roscommon woman.
Phone: 086 4403948