Ciara Conway is the Labour T.D. for Waterford and is the Vice Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health,Children and Youth Affairs.
Through her Vice Chair post, she played a key role in steering through the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, enacted in January 2013.
The Act provides for a termination of pregnancy where there is a real and substantial risk to a woman’s life from a physical illness, including from the risk of suicide
Ciara Conway's key areas of interest include Health, Children, Childcare and matters of policy. She studied Public and Social Policy (B.A. Hons) in NUI, Galway and Social Work (M.A.) in U.C.C. , and she is awaiting conferral of an MBA from Waterford Institute of Technology.
She has been employed by the HSE as a Social Worker , and worked for Barnardos until her election to the Oireachtas.
She was elected to the 31 st Dáil in 2011, on her first attempt. She is the first ever female T.D. to represent Waterford for the Labour Party. Her election was also historic in the sense that she was the first woman to have been elected to represent Waterford this century ; the last women T.D. elected in Waterford was Fine Gael’s Bridget Redmond, who held the seat between 1933 and 1954.
Ciara Conway was first elected to Dungarvan Town Council following the 2009 Local Elections. Ciara began her political career as Anti-Discrimination Officer on the Students Union Executive in NUI, Galway, having already played an active role in Labour Youth, holding the position of International Officer on the National Executive.
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Speaking on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013
Ciara Conway is currently campaigning for the position of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
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Ciara Conway TD - Gridlink Submission
The third round of public consultation on the Grid Link Project ended on Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at 5pm. There has been considerable concern about the prospect of pylons intruding on scenic areas of Waterford. Here's a 13 page submission on the project from Ciara Conway , Labour T.D. for Waterford.