Barbara is delighted to return to the Glencree board as Director after spending eight years (2014-2022) as Board Chair. From her role as a Peace Observer and Envoy in the Israel/Palestine conflict to her ongoing work in the Northern Ireland conflict, Barbara has been a firm advocate for non-violent means of resolving conflict through dialogue, whether at local community level or in areas of conflict across the globe. A strong voice for restorative justice, through her work she has first-hand experience of the positive impact of the restorative process within the prison community and for those who have been harmed by the trauma of sexual abuse.
A skilled communicator, Barbara researched and presented the RTE radio series ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ which documented grassroots peacebuilding in an Irish post-conflict environment. Having previously worked for the Combat Poverty Agency, she has campaigned to include the voices of those who live on the margins and are increasingly impacted by the climate crisis into the mainstream. She contributes regularly to discussions and debates at local and national level and has represented the Irish peacebuilding community on the international stage.
In October 2022, Barbara accepted the prestigious Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello by the Villa Decius Association in Kraków, Poland on behalf of Glencree. The award, in the NGO category, was in recognition of Glencree's work in promoting the peaceful coexistence and cooperation of societies, religions, and cultures.
Her recent engagements with peacebuilding organisations in Geneva, Normandy, Finland, Norway, Poland and Turkey has increased the profile and influence of Ireland, and of Glencree as the Republics only peace centre, within this international community. She also leveraged these forums to highlight the need for greater collaboration and dialogue within Europe to address the polarisation of politics and the decline of multilateralism.