Author

Annie Ryan

Annie Ryan is a retired schoolteacher who is best known for her work championing the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. Her campaigning in relation to the state mental hospital in Portrane gained her national prominence and she ran in the 1997 general election as an independent candidate on a mental health issue platform. Annie s father Tom Harris took part in the Rising and was one of the witnesses interviewed in the 1940s. Nearly fifty years later the release of the records enabled her to read the accounts of her own father and hundreds of others of the events of Easter 1916 that were to prove a watershed in Ireland s road to independence.