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National Women’s Council pays tribute to Vicky Phelan

Published: Monday, November 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Vicky Phelan. 

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council said,

“This is an extremely sad day and a huge loss. We would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and friends. 

Vicky Phelan was an absolute inspiration to so many women and girls and everyone who knew her. She will be remembered for her courage in speaking out about the failings in our health system, her resilience in the face of adversity, her authenticity and her kindness. Despite the precious little time she had left, she never stopped speaking out and challenging the status quo. She tirelessly and selflessly campaigned for women and women’s health and we will be forever grateful for her contribution to making Ireland a better place for women and girls. 

She was a friend of the National Women’s Council and I am honoured to have met her on many occasions. When we asked young women in 2018 who they saw as a role model, they named Vicky Phelan. Vicky then gave a truly powerful keynote address at our flagship Femfest event for young women in January 2019. 

She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.”


For more information, please contact Silke Paasche, Head of Communications, NWC, Tel. 085 858 9104.