They are the people who shout loudest for the rights of the poor. At festivals, events, protests and marches, our campaigners give the public the chance to speak out for justice and an end to poverty.
Our Campaigns team bring supporters like you together to take action on behalf of those who struggle to be heard. By speaking with one determined voice, we change things – laws, policies, practices, minds, opinions – to make our world a fairer place. Your passion and energy makes it happen.
Ciara Gaynor is Head of Advocacy & Campaigns with Oxfam Ireland. Previously she worked in campaigning and advocacy roles at Trócaire, Concern and at the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals campaign. After graduating from Dublin City University with a degree in International Marketing and Languages, Ciara relocated to London to work with Richard Branson’s record label, V2 Records working with artists like Stereophonics, Underworld, Mercury Rev and Elbow.
A trip to India one Christmas with her mum turned out to be a life-changing experience. Shocked by the absolute poverty people were living in, and not understanding why such inequality could exist today, Ciara enrolled in the Masters in Development Studies in UCD in 2004. Since then she was worked in international development and now only attends gigs as a spectator. Outside of work Ciara is kept busy and amused rearing three young children (some of whom have already been on a few rallies against climate change!)
Mary Quinn has recently joined Oxfam Ireland as the Campaigns and Outreach Executive. Originally setting out to be a social worker, Mary studied Social Science in NUI Maynooth. Here, she discovered her passion for activism and campaigning through her involvement with the Amnesty International society and other student groups. She went on to study Human Rights at Masters level in UCD and worked with Front Line Defenders and Trocaire before joining the team in Oxfam.
As the youth & student representative on the Amnesty Ireland Executive Committee, Mary is passionate about engaging young people in the global movement for human rights, justice and equality. Mary is delighted to be part of the Campaigns Team in Oxfam Ireland and is looking forward to working with other activists and campaigners to make some noise on issues like climate change, women’s rights and poverty.
Christine joined Oxfam Ireland in January 2012 after moving back to her native Northern Ireland from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. There she was a journalist specialising in environmental and social affairs and, of course, how to take a really good photo of a Highland cow.
With a decade of campaigning, politics and communications in Brussels, London and Belfast under her belt, Christine has been involved in developing Oxfam’s women’s rights and climate justice campaigns. She also leads on advocacy for Northern Ireland – helping politicians here to see their decisions can have a positive impact on the world’s poorest people.
A career high point was without a doubt when G8 world leaders choose a rural Fermanagh hotel for their 2003 summit - the world’s media and campaigning spotlight was on Northern Ireland. Christine was part of the joint ‘Enough Food for Everyone – IF’ campaign planning team making sure hunger and it’s causes were on their agenda. Her favourite parts of the job are working with Oxfam’s awesome volunteer campaigners and brainstorming ideas for photo stunts and campaign actions.