Annie Hoey is a recognised innovative leader within Irish politics. An active student life has led Annie to a seat in Seanad Eireann where she is a recognised innovative leader within Irish politics. Today, Senator Hoey continues to effect change through diversity, inclusion, equality and acceptance.
In the beginning...Student Life!
From Beamore in Droheda, Annie obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Drama & Theatre Studies) in 2009, before pursuing a Master of Arts in Comparative and World Literature in 2012. Annie undertook a postgraduate in Women’s Studies in 2013 and throughout her bustling student life, she progressed through key representative roles within the USI body politic. As Chairperson of the LGBT Society, Annie was voted college society person of the year for her contributions to Amnesty.
Experience, empathy and discretion help Annie bridge the gap to our legislature for victims of social injustice where she has played prominent roles.
National Canvassing Co Ordinator for the 2016 Marriage Equality Campaign
Education and Training Officer for the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment movement
Volunteer Director for Michael D Higgins’ re-election campaign in 2018
Campaigned for student nurses and their right to earn better wages
Actively involved in improving access by removing financial barriers to third level education
Campaigning to reform the SUSI grant process
Actively involved in animal rights issues
Campaigning to end fur farms/submissions on greyhound racing
Annie began her public office life as Councillor in Bettystown, Meath, before joining the Seanad in 2020. From the outset, Annie has lobbied on issues such as abortion healthcare, marriage equality, trans phobia, bi phobia and homophobia. She is the first female parliamentarian to come out as bisexual and the second woman to come out in the Oireachtas. A member of the Woman’s Caucus Working Group and Co-Chair of the All-Party Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Annie’s domain is diverse, personal and passionate.
Diversity, equality and inclusion are principles close to Annie’s heart, as she continues to mobilise and lobby for change as a Senator. Every issue that Annie campaigns for is done by consultation, research and consensus with affected groups, which ensures that this Senator remains in touch and on the ground in real time.