Election profile: O'Connor to speak out for dignity and respect

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Independent candidate Olive O'Connor

Independent candidate Olive O'Connor

Olive O’Connor lives in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. She has experience and qualifications in youth work, community leadership, social innovation and healthcare advocacy.

She is a trained facilitator for chronic disease self-management and has won numerous awards, including Dragons Den investment for her work as a social entrepreneur with her health record, MediStori.

Her role in working with patients and staff in the health service has been accoladed by the former Director General of the HSE, the International Institute for Healthcare and JCI. Olive develops policies and procedures for a living.

She also has vast experience in using health services as she is a mom of four daughters who each have various chronic health conditions. Her husband had a stroke at 42, and she has experienced what it is to be a family carer. Olive is also a patient herself (albeit, a healthy one right now!)

Olive is part of a group called Families Speak Out. Together, they are three mothers who each have children with health conditions. They believe it is about time that people with real lived experiences sit at the top table to help inform Health Policy at European Level and ensure Ireland meets the basic fundamental rights as set out in the EU Charter - respect, dignity and equality.

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