About Us

Europa Donna Ireland - The Irish Breast Cancer Campaign was launched in 1998 as an advocacy group and is one of 47 Europa Donna member countries across Europe. Europa Donna - The European Breast Cancer Coalition was founded in Italy in 1993 and is the breast cancer advocacy organisation for Europe.

Mission

To bring the voice of the woman with experience of breast cancer:

  • to raise awareness of the need for screening and access for all women to best quality specialist breast centres;
  • to campaign for evidence-based, best practice health policy changes to ensure this happens.

Vision

That women of all ages in Ireland will know what they can and should expect in terms of risk, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and support in order to improve prevention and survival rates and quality of life.

What we do.​

Europa Donna Ireland is a volunteer run organisation whose membership is largely made up of people with experience of breast cancer and it is a registered charity. In support of its mission and to achieve its vision Europa Donna Ireland engage in a number of activities.

Publish information

We publish information including the Irish Breast Cancer Charter, e-newsletters, a guide to specialist breast centres and several leaflets such as Breast Cancer and Fertility and 9 things you should know about breast cancer which was distributed to a quarter of a million households around the country. The leaflet won the Crystal Clear Literacy Award in April 2010.

Lobbying

Europa Donna Ireland lobbies decision makers and politicians at local, national and European level and highlights breast cancer issues through the media. We have made submissions to relevant government commissions and working groups.

Events and Campaigns

In partnership with the Irish Cancer Society, Europa Donna Ireland brought the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign to Ireland. We encouraged and co-ordinated national exercise events for Breast Health Day on 15th October each year .We organised two national conferences in 2006 and 2008.

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Our Committee

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Anne Keating 

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Dympna Watson

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Assumpta McAdam

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Fiona McEntee

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Ciara Devine

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Tara Byrne

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Ciara O'Donnell

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Deirdre O'Connell

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What Our Members Say

Some thoughts from our committee members

” I firmly believe in EUROPA DONNA’s principle that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, or where they live should have access to the same level of screening and treatment.  “

Anne Keating

” I feel it is vitally important that people with breast cancer, along with their carers, have access to as much current and relevant information as possible, be it scientific or practical.“

Fiona McEntee

”  I enjoy volunteering my time as treasurer, working with Europa Donna Ireland members as we continue to advocate for the gold standard in breast cancer care. “

Ciara O'Donnell