Janet O'Sullivan

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Janet O'Sullivan
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Other namesJanet Ní Shuilleabháin
Known forPro-choice campaigning

Janet O'Sullivan is a pro-choice campaigner in Ireland. She is a former spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Campaign.[1] She publishes under both the Irish version of her name, Janet Ní Shuilleabháin, and the English version Janet O'Sullivan.[2][3] In 2016, the BBC included her in the list of 100 Women for "inspirational and influential women for 2016"[4]


O'Sullivan has been a pro-choice believer since the early 1990s, when the X Case made the news, and had an abortion herself a few years later.[5] As the spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Campaign, she has frequently written in national newspapers, and appeared on radio and TV about the abortion debate in Ireland.[6]

O'Sullivan is also a Bi-Visibility activist who has campaigned for Marriage Equality.[7][8]

Referendum on the Eighth Amendment[edit]

O'Sullivan was in favour of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and is working towards the goal of repealing the amendment and introducing legislation both in Ireland and Northern Ireland which ensures that women have the right to choose.[9] On April 3, 2018 she registered as a third party with SIPO, the Irish government ethics watchdog. She was the only individual person to register as a third party.[10]


  1. ^ "Abortion in Ireland". BBC World News. 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Author Bio". Standard Issue Magazine.
  3. ^ "UK Author Bio". Independent UK.
  4. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who's on the list". BBC. 21 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Ireland Twitter Account abortion story".
  6. ^ Meagher, John (9 July 2016). "Insults and abuse: debate that divides nation like no other". Irish Independent. p. 44. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Marriage Equality".
  8. ^ "Dealing with bisexuality". Ireland AM. 3 February 2016. TV3.
  9. ^ "Goals of the campaign".
  10. ^ "Register of Third Parties". Standards in Public Office Commission. Retrieved 17 April 2018.