Breda O'Brien (born in 1962) is an Irish teacher, journalist and pro-life feminist. She founded Feminists for Life of Ireland in 1992 and is a leader in the Irish pro-life movement. She writes a column for The Irish Times.
Early life and education
Born in Dungarvan, County Waterford, O'Brien was educated at the Convent of Mercy, Dungarvan and later at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin. In 1987 she was awarded a diploma in audio visual production from the Crex Avex, Lyon, France. In 1988, she was awarded a diploma in video production from Lumen Video Production School, Dallas, Texas.
O'Brien taught at Muckross Park College, a public Catholic girls' school, between 1983 and 1987. She later returned to this post in 1992, and has remained there since. She has worked as a video producer and communications trainer in the Catholic Communications Centre (founded by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference), Booterstown, Dublin from 1988 to 1991. She worked as a researcher for RTE from 1991 to 1992. Her career as a columnist began with The Sunday Business Post from 1997 to 2000 and continued with The Irish Times.
O'Brien is a patron of the Iona Institute, a conservative Irish think tank, and appears regularly in the Irish media as a contributor, supporting the teachings of the Catholic Church. In her Irish Times column, she has expressed her opposition to abortion in all circumstances, in accordance with those teachings.
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- O'Brien, Breda (2012). "Despite some awful dilemmas, abortion is not an option". The Irish Times (Dublin: The Irish Times). Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- O'Brien, Breda (5 May 2008). "It is better to avoid making hijab a major issue". The Irish Times (Dublin: The Irish Times). Retrieved 7 May 2009.