Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain has spoken out about the harassment she encountered while working in UCD. Pic: Sasko Iazarov/RollingNews.ie

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Harassment at work: It is time to realise the issue has not gone away

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin’s experience should raise a red flag that despite the focus and significant resources allocated by third-level institutions to the issue of gender equality, they – and other Irish employers – still face an uphill battle to stamp out sexual harassment.

10th Sep, 2020 - 4 min read

The #MeToo movement led to thousands of women breaking their silence about their experience of sexual harassment in the workplace. These were women from all walks of life and at all stages of their careers. Yet, we were still taken by surprise last week when Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, who is a well-known broadcaster and a lecturer in University College Dublin (UCD), spoke publically about being repeatedly harassed by a professor at UCD over a two-year period. 

Is our surprise because the issue of sexual harassment is no longer front and centre in the media? Or is it because she is a well-known person and we did not think this would happen to...

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