Carol Hunt is a journalist, broadcaster, equality and social justice campaigner.   For the past ten years, she’s written a column for the Sunday Independent on topics ranging from debt and mental health to equality and social justice. She also writes for the Irish Independent and Herald and is a regular panellist on radio and TV.

Carol is running as a candidate in the Seanad 2016 election NUI panel.

Carol grew up on Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock and attended St Mary’s, Haddington Rd  and Newpark Comprehensive schools.

Priorities: 

Carol believes our political system needs to do better for the individuals and families it is meant to serve. She has campaigned, written and spoken regularly on issues such as; mental health, reproductive rights, debt forgiveness, child poverty and other human rights issues. She has campaigned for the introduction of an adequate and fair childcare scheme.

My priorities include:

  • Reforming the Seanad: The implementation of the proposals put forward by the 2015 Seanad Working Group on Reform
  • A fairer future: After five regressive budgets we need to address growing economic inequality.
  • Protection of our most vulnerable: lone parents, carers, elderly and the disabled.
  • A resourced, holistic plan to reform our mental health system.
  • Greater support for SMEs, local businesses and the self-employed, who provide nearly 70% of Irish employment.
  • Affordable childcare and equality of access to schools for all children regardless of faith, background or ability.
  • A referendum on the repeal of the 8th amendment.

For more information check out the “issues” page or my blog for the latest updates.

Education:

Carol graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2003 with the Wray prize for political philosophy and won a TCD studentship to study an integrated Masters/PhD in political philosophy.

Career and Family:

Prior to returning to college in 1999, Carol worked as an award-winning actress, mainly for The Punchbag Theatre in Galway where she met her husband, David. They have two children, Sophie and Oscar.