Statement by Joan Burton TD on the death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan

15 June 2017

“We mourn with Katherine Zappone the loss of her beautiful wife and life partner Ann Louise Gilligan, social justice campaigner and lovely person.

“Ann Louise was a champion for equal opportunity in Education during her time in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and for the wider Equality agenda in her work with An Cosán and in campaigning so successfully alongside her wife Katherine Zappone in the Marriage Equality referendum.

“Many of us will remember Ann Louise for her work in education through the An Cosán project. Throughout her life, Ann Louise always fought for justice and equality. In her passing she leaves behind a wonderful legacy and a distinctive mark on a more equal Ireland.

“Our thoughts are with Katherine and her family at this difficult time.”

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