Patricia O'Donovan

Patricia O'DonovanPatricia O'Donovan was the first women to be appointed as Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Congess of Trade Unions, 1997-2000. She worked in Congress from 1977 serving as Legislation Officer, Equality Officer and Assistant General Secretary.

In 2001 she took up a senior position in the International Labour Organisation as Director of Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration and is now an ILO Executive Director.

Particia's successors as Assistant General Secretary were Joan Carmichael (2001-2003) who then became a Rights Commissioner in mid 2004; and the current AGS is Sally Anne Kinahan.