University lecturer/research fellow at TCD; lived and worked in Belfast 1966-1984; mother a northern Presbyterian, father a Catholic from Dublin. Husband (now deceased) from Northern Ireland - so plenty of experience of North-South and cross-community issues in own life. Has published research with children in Belfast and Dublin and the effects of the Troubles. Has property in Northern Ireland and visits monthly to keep in touch. Member of Association in the 1960s. On committee since 1996.