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Colm O’Gorman

Activist, Advocate, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland

Colm O’Gorman

Activist, Advocate, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland

Colm O’Gorman is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. Amnesty International’s recent global My Body My Rights campaign focused on reproductive rights for women and girls in Nepal, El Salvador, Maghreb, Burkina Faso and Ireland. Amnesty International Ireland continues that campaign on sexual and reproductive rights here in Ireland.

Colm is the founder and former Director of One in Four, the national non-governmental organisation that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence. In this role Colm was instrumental in the establishment of the Ferns Inquiry, the first state investigation into clerical child sexual abuse. One in Four was also centrally involved in a number of other such inquiries, including the investigations into the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Diocese of Cloyne.

Prior to his role with One in Four Colm worked as a psychotherapist in his own practice in London.

He has made a number of documentary films, including the BAFTA awarding winning “A Family Affair” (2000), “Suing the Pope” (2002) and “Sex Crimes and The Vatican”, which he presented for BBC Panorama in 2006.

Colm has also served as a member of Seanad Éireann having been appointed as a Senator in May 2007. He is a regular media commentator and contributor, essayist; writing and speaking extensively on social justice and human rights. He is the author of a best-selling memoir, Beyond Belief (Hodder & Stoughton 2010). Colm lives in County Wexford with his family.