How was care represented in Ireland’s Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response?

2 Mar 2022
Dr Felicity Daly

Hosted by: The ISS21 SHAPE Research Cluster and chaired by Dr Eluska Fernandez, cluster convenor.

Presenter: Dr Felicity Daly (Postdoctoral Researcher, CARE-VISIONS project, ISS21)


Drawing on the feminist ethics of care-inspired Trace methodology, this paper analyses governmental discourses about care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores whether and how a rapid parliamentary investigation frames care as a value and practice; reveals interdependence of care givers and receivers; reflects on how ‘vulnerable’ identities were ascribed to older people, people with disabilities, and asylum seekers; and applies a feminist perspective to Ireland’s response to COVID-19. 

Felicity Daly  is a postdoctoral researcher on the CARE-VISIONS project. Felicity holds a Doctor of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where her  thesis examined health policy stakeholders concerned with the sexual health of lesbian and bisexual women participation in framing South Africa’s National Strategic Plans on HIV.   Prior to joining UCC Felicity worked as a researcher on the ‘Strong in Diversity, Bold on Inclusion’ project led by the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. 

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