End of Life Ireland

Our team

Janie Lazar, Chair 

Communication, connection, collaboration combined with a strong sense of social justice is what underpin all that Janie does publicly, including leading TEDx Dun Laoghaire and privately as a Specialist Speaker, Life Coach and Celebrant. 

The direct impact of chronic pain and terminal illness on people and their families that she sees as a secular, non-religious celebrant has highlighted the changing attitude towards assisted dying. Listening to Gaynor French in 2017 made Janie realise how much this legislation for Voluntary Assisted Dying is needed.

Justin McKenna

Justin McKenna

Justin has over 40 years continuous experience as a solicitor practising in the area of end of life.  He is a former chairperson of the Law Society  Committee on Probate Administration and Trusts and a former President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. 

He is one of the founding partners of Partners at Law Solicitors, a law firm based in Dun Laoghaire.

www.pals.ie ~   www. lawsociety.ie   ~  www.dsba.ie

Alan Tuffery, PhD

Dr Alan Tuffery is a former university lecturer in physiology and was involved in student services in various roles: personal tutor, developing disability services and managing the College’s tutorial service.

After ‘retirement’ Alan taught on the Trinity Access Programmes.in a volunteer capacity, helping to provide academic advice to students. Among his current interests are the individual in society and improving the quality of life for all. He is committed to end of life choice and supporting the campaign for Voluntary Assisted Dying.

Niamh Phelan, MSc.

Niamh is a technologist specialising in analytics and digital transformation in large multinationals. As a Volunteer Technologist she has lent her expertise to charities working with migrants, older people, people experiencing homelessness, people with addiction issues and people working in the sex industry. Niamh was a Volunteer Solution Architect with the Irish Red Cross for 7 years, managing volunteers that created the Irish Red Cross pledging platform. Niamh is a founding member of Dublin 8 Refugee Community Sponsorship Group and Dublin City of Sanctuary Business & Enterprise Program.

Linked In: Niamh Phelan  Twitter: @niamhmphelan   TedX Talk 2018

Judith Ashton

Judith has been a body orientated psychotherapist and massage therapist for 35+ years and she has supported  many terminally ill clients and their families,. She is also a fully qualified funeral celebrant and a recent Tedx speaker.  During the recent pandemic, Judith put her energy into producing an end of life planning guide www.beprepared.ie which draws on her extensive experience in helping families through emotional times.

Noel Byrne

Noel is a retired Civil Servant. His principal interest is in Philosophy with particular interests in Ethics and Morality. Working closely with Alan Tuffery our research lead and Justin McKenna our legal eagle, Noel is an invaluable member of our team.

May Sivertsen

May is a brand identity designer. Originally from Norway she has lived in Ireland for more than twenty years. When Janie asked May for help with the visual communication for End of Life Ireland, well of course she answered that call. May outlined, “I remember the Marie Fleming case very well and what she, her husband and her family had to go through seemed beyond awful. That her husband could risk being accused of murdering his wife if he stopped her horrid suffering… well it seemed inhuman…. I want to see legislation for Assisted Dying.”  

www.trumpet.ie  Linked In – May Sivertsen

Jude Wainwright

The experience of watching her father die from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) left a lasting impression on Judith Wainwright who is now an advocate for voluntary assisted dying. Judith has been an active volunteer with End of Life Ireland since 2020 and advocates for End of Life Choice in memory of her father.

Gavin Walker

A long-time advocate for the choice for a Voluntary Assisted Death being available to everybody in Northern Ireland, Gavin has joined the End of Life Ireland team to help get the legislation over the line on behalf of all of the residents of the Island of Ireland.

Gavin lives in Groomsport Co Down and is Managing Director of online magazine Business First

LinkedIn: bfonline/