Who We Are
Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) was established in 2009 to promote the rights, health and safety of sex workers in Ireland.
Since it’s formation SWAI has worked tirelessly to promote these ideals and has campaigned for sex workers to be part of decision making which impacts their lives.
We believe that sex workers themselves should be at the heart of any conversation on sex work and that the law should protect sex workers, give them rights and put their interests first.
Kate McGrew – SWAI Director
Kate is responsible for the overall coordination of SWAI including funding, communications and organisational development and acts as SWAI’s main spokesperson often speaking in national media and at national and international conferences. Kate is also a member of ICRSE (International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe). Kate is a seasoned performance artist and her shows often reflect on her experience in the sex industry in NYC, Ireland and Australia. She brought the conversation into Irish living rooms when she outed herself as a sex worker in a 20 part docu-drama series for RTÉ 2 called “Connected”.
Dearbhla Ryan – Community and Campaigns Worker
Dearbhla is responsible for supporting the participation and leadership development of sex workers in SWAI’s work and in campaigning collectively for their rights. She has three years experience as a community worker working with migrants at risk of exploitation and social exclusion in Ireland, including undocumented migrants and migrants working in low wage sectors such as domestic work and in restaurants. Dearbhla has a degree in History from UCD, a MA in European Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark and is currently pursuing a degree in Community and Youth Work at NUI Maynooth.