Our Director

Message from our Director

Rape Crisis Midwest (formally the Limerick Rape Crisis Centre) has provided support and a wide range of services to thousands of people, throughout the three counties of the Midwest since its beginning in 1980. Since 2002 it has been my privilege to work here as part of this dedicated team – our Board of Directors (all voluntary), our staff team of nine (seven of whom are part-time), our volunteer counsellors/ support workers/ SATU support workers / court and Garda accompaniment volunteers and our fundraising and awareness volunteers.

Survivors are at the heart of our work and they continue to come to us in ever-greater numbers. We work continuously to deserve the trust they place in us. We continue to be responsive to survivors and build new ways of meeting their needs. Every person who contacts us has his or her own particular experience of sexual trauma, whether it is past childhood abuse or more recent rape or sexual assault. We do our utmost to work with each person we meet, as the individual that they are, and tailor our services to their needs.

A key component of our work is that of education and awareness through the training programmes that we run. We believe that education and awareness of the issues of sexual violence is what will make a difference to the future.

We are one of the founding members of Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), which is the umbrella body through which member centres work together to improve practice, gather data, create awareness and lobby at national level. RCNI takes the collective voice and experience of people who use our centre, and crucially those who do not chose to ‘report’ through formal channels, to ensure their experiences inform our national policy.

We would not be able to meet the demands on our service without the help and support of the people and businesses in the communities in which we serve for this we are truly grateful.

Miriam Duffy

Our Board of Directors


Rape Crisis Midwest is supported by a voluntary Board of Directors.

The Board is responsible for determining and guiding the overall policy and strategic development of the Centre and ensuring that the service is operating efficiently. The Board is also legally accountable for the affairs of the Centre.

The current full Board of Directors is as follows:

  • Lucy Smith (Chairperson)
  • Brian Dunne
  • Yvonne Murphy
  • Fiona Quinn
  • Mary Kelly
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Michael Howes