WISE Research advisor & PPI contributor
Ailbhe Smyth was the founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD where she lectured for many years. Ailbhe now works mainly in the community sector. A long-time activist and campaigner on feminist, LGBTI+ and other social issues, Ailbhe was centrally involved in the Marriage Equality referendum in 2025 and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes national campaign which successfully repealed the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. She is currently on the board of Age Action Ireland, and chairs Women’s Aid Ireland and Ballyfermot Star Addiction Services. In 2019, Ailbhe was listed as one of Time Magazine’s ‘Most Influential People’.
Ailbhe lives in Dublin. Her daughter lives in London and has two children who are the apple of their grandmother’s eye.