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Obituary: Dr Vicky Conway, accomplished academic and policing expert who campaigned for social justice


Vicky Conway supported campaigns on issues such as transgender rights and spoke out about mental health Widespread tributes have been paid to Dr Vicky Conway, whose death at the age of 42 was announced last Wednesday by the school of law and government at Dublin City University ( DCU ) where she was an associate professor. In the course of an active career, she took a close interest in police accountability and was a member of the Policing Authority as well as the Commission on the Future of Policing.

She was born on May 6, 1980, in the Douglas suburb of Cork city, the fourth of five children to her father Rory, a solicitor by profession, and her mother Jean. She attended Eglantine Primary School, Scoil Bhríde, in Douglas and received her secondary education at nearby Regina Mundi College.

Vicky moved on then to University College Cork where she was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 2001 followed a year later by a Master of Laws. From there she went on to study at the University of Edinburgh where in 2003 she received an MSc degree in criminology, a sociological rather than legal qualification, reflecting her wide-ranging approach to […]

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