Colm O’Gorman

A native of County Wexford, Colm O’Gorman is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. He has held this position since February 2008.

He is the founder and former Director of One in Four, the national non-governmental organisation that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence.

In his role with One in Four, Colm was instrumental in the establishment of the Ferns Inquiry, the first state investigation into clerical sexual abuse in Ireland, and was a lead campaigner in efforts to secure justice for victims of historic child abuse and sexual violence, both in Ireland and internationally. Prior to his role with One in Four Colm worked as a psychotherapist in his own practice in London.

Colm has also made a number of documentary films, including the BAFTA awarding winning A Family Affair (2000), Suing the Pope (2002) and Sex Crimes and The Vatican which he presented for BBC Panorama in 2006.

Colm has also served as a member of the Irish Senate, having been appointed as a Senator in May 2007. He is a regular media commentator and contributor, essayist and the author of a best-selling memoir. Colm was one of the lead campaigners in the Marriage Equality Referendum held in Ireland in 2015.

Colm also has had significant involvement in governance within the education sector. He was instrumental in the establishment of Gorey Educate Together National School, the first multi-denominational school to be opened in his home county. He served as chairperson of the board of management at the school for more than seven years.