Dr Sinead Kennedy


Senior University Tutor; First Year Co-ordinator; MA English Co-ordinator

Iontas Building
Ground Floor
Office 0.19a
(01) 708 3396


Sinéad Kennedy is a Senior University Tutor in English specialising in Marxist theory, gender and sexuality in Irish writing and culture. She completed her doctorate in critical theory and modernism at Maynooth University. Her research interests intersect strongly with her political activism. She was the co-founder, along with Ailbhe Smyth, of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, a coalition of 100-plus organisations that led the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution and ensure abortion access in Ireland. She was an executive member of the Together for Yes: National Civil Society Campaign to Remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution where she also served as Head of Research for the campaign.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Sinead Kennedy (2021) ''No Country for Young Women': (Re)producing the Irish State' In: Women and the Decade of Commemorations. Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press.
2020 Sinead Kennedy (2020) 'The Right to Know: Gender, Power, Reproduction and Knowledge Regulation in Ireland' In: Producing Knowledge, Reproducing Gender Power, Production and Practice in Contemporary Ireland. Dublin : University College Dublin Press.
2019 Mary Gilmartin, Sinéad Kennedy (2019) 'A Double Movement: The Politics of Reproductive Mobility in Ireland' In: Abortion Across Borders. Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press.
2018 Mary McAuliffe and Sinead Kennedy (2018) 'Défendre L'Irlande Catholique' In: Campagnes Anti-Genre en Europe: Des Mobilisations contre l'égalité. Lyon : Presses Universitaires de Lyon.
2018 Sinéad Kennedy and Mary Gilmartin (2018) 'Mobility, Migrants and Abortion in Ireland' In: Crossing Troubled Water: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island : Island Studies Press at UPEI.
2017 Mary McAuliffe & Sinéad Kennedy (2017) 'Defending Catholic Ireland' In: Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilizing against Equality. London : Rowman & Littlefield International.
2015 Sinéad Kennedy (2015) 'The perfect storm: crisis, capitalism and democracy' In: Ireland under Austerity: Neoliberal crisis, Neoliberal solutions. Manchester : Manchester University Press.
2003 Sinéad Kennedy (2003) 'Irish Women and the Celtic Tiger' In: The End of Irish History?. Manchester : Manchester University Press.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2015 Aideen Quilty, Sinéad Kennedy & Catherine Conlon (Ed.). (2015) The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2. Cork: Cork University Press,

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Sinéad Kennedy (2022) 'A Tale of Two Referendums: A comparative study of the Anti-Amendment Campaign and Together for Yes'. Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, . [Full-Text]
2022 Sinéad Kennedy (2022) 'Bodies Under the Law: Feminist artistic practice and the struggle to #Repealthe8th'. Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, . [Full-Text]
2018 Sinéad Kennedy (2018) '“#Repealthe8th”: Ireland, Abortion Access and the movement to remove the eighth amendment'. Antropologia, 5 (2):13-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.14672/ada2018145513-31 [Full-Text]
2017 Sinead Kennedy, Abby Palko, Moynagh Sullivan (2017) 'Special Issue: Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality'. BREAC: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, . [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2016 Sinead Kennedy (2016) 'Review: Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland' Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, .
2013 Sinéad Kennedy (2013) 'Marxism and Feminism in an age of neoliberalism' Revista Ga\'ucha de Enfermagem, 2 (7) :5-16. [Link]

Published Report

Year Publication
2021 Sinead Kennedy (2021) ‘Accessing Abortion in Ireland - Meeting the Needs of Every Woman’. National Women Council, . [Link]


Year Publication
2018 Sinéad Kennedy (2018) Fired! Irish women poets and the canon. [Article] [Link]
2018 Sinead Kennedy (2018) Ireland’s Fight for Choice. [Article] [Link]
2018 Sinéad Kennedy (2018) Dublin Feminist Film Festivaland the female gaze. [Article] [Link]
2018 Sinéad Kennedy (2018) The Irish abortion rights victory: not a “quiet revolution”. [Article] [Link]


Year Publication
2015 Sinéad Kennedy (2015) Ireland’s Victory for Marriage Equality: The birth of a new political imagination?. [Editorial] [Link]
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Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
Together for Yes Civic Society Together for Yes was the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th Amendment. [Link]
Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Civic Society The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment was founded in 2013 by Sinéad Kennedy and Ailbhe Smyth and represents over one million people across civil society. It campaigns to repeal the eighth amendment from the Irish constitution in order to respect and protect women's lives, health and choices. In 2018 it joined with the National Women's Council and the Abortion Rights Campaign to form Together for Yes, the national civil society campaign to remove the eighth amendment. [Link]