About Carol

carolportraitCarol Hunt is a journalist, broadcaster, equality and social justice campaigner and mother, wife.  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 next general election in the Dun Laoghaire constituency as a member of the Independent Alliance. Carol grew up on Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock and attended St Mary’s, Haddington Rd  and Newpark Comprehensive schools.

Campaigns:

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.

Other campaigns include:

  • Reforming the Dail
  • Improving the quality of life for communities; childcare, health, housing
  • Protecting our most vulnerable (lone parents, the elderly, disabled and those in need of health services)
  • Minimising social inequalities
  • Supporting small and medium sized enterprises and local businesses
  • Marriage Equality
  • Repeal of the 8th amendment

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.

Sport:

As a teenager, Carol trained as a gymnast with the Trojan Club, Newpark Sports Centre.

As a young adult she taught gymnastics both there and in Loughlinstown Sports Centre. Carol’s father, the late John Hunt, coached the local Mount Merrion soccer team for many years, for which her late brother Robbie also played.

Position/Platform:

Read about why Carol made the decision to run for election:

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/carol-hunt/the-reason-why-im-thinking-of-running-for-ross-31085366.html

and

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/carol-hunt/sometimes-youve-got-to-feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway-31352328.html

Listen to Carol discuss why she decided to run with Sean Moncrieff:

http://www.newstalk.com/listen_back/8/19703/30th_June_2015_-_Moncrieff_Part_1/

Listen to Carol chat to Bryan Fox and Cllr Josepha Madigan on Dublin South FM:

Watch Carol contribute to : “Leading Change – 40 Years of the National Women’s Council of Ireland”:

 

In 2011 Carol briefed the joint houses of the Oireachtas on mental health.

https://www.mentalhealthreform.ie/blog/oireachtas-members-briefing-pack-on-mental-health-launched/

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