The Facts... without the Lecture


This project was managed by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (formerly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) with the support and guidance of:

The Board of the Crisis Pregnancy Agency:

  • Chair: Katharine Bulbulia
  • Rosemary Grant
  • Peter Finnegan
  • Anne Flood
  • Helen Faughnan
  • Gerladine Luddy
  • Sally-Ann Flanagan
  • Jimmy Duggan

The Programmes and Communications Sub-Committee of the Crisis Pregnancy Agency:

  • Chair: Peter Finnegan
  • Katharine Bulbulia
  • Sally-Ann Flanaghan
  • Geraldine Luddy

The Consultative Committee of the Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

In 2008, an extensive consultation phase took place, where various experts in sex education, sexual health promotion were interviewed.   People with experience of working with and for young people and parents of young people were also interviewed as well as individuals from statutory agencies.   40 individual were interviewed in total.

In addition, over 200 teenagers were interviewed and asked to give their views on why this campaign should look like, the logo, the content of the website and the look and feel of the website.  They also submitted questions they said they would like addressed as part of the campaign.


  • Good Counsel College, New Ross, Co. Wexford
  • Castleknock Community College, Dublin 15
  • St. Louis High School, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • Mulroy College, Milford, Co. Donegal

Youth Groups

  • The Milford Group, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • The Exit Cafe, Tallaght, Dublin 24
  • St. Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse St., Dublin 1
  • Teen Parent Support Programme, Dublin
  • Moyross Group, Co. Limerick
  • Ferrybank Group, Co. Waterford
  • Linkpoint Group, Co. Cork
  • Mullingar Youth Service, Co. Westmeath
  • Blanchardstown Youth Service, Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin
  • Swan Youth Service, Ballybough, Dublin 1
  • Pavee Point Youth Group

The Ethics Committee for Consultation with Young People

  • Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, Children’s Research Centre, TCD
  • Dr. Abbey Hyde, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCD
  • Ms. Karen Dent, UCD
  • Dr. Patricia Moriarty, Psychologist

The Advisory Group

  • Sorcha Cusack – Donegal Youth Council
  • Janet Gaynor – Assistant Health Promotion Manager, HSE West
  • Deiniol Jones – Assistant Director, Youth Work Services, National Youth Council of Ireland
  • Orla McGowan – Education and Information Officer, Crisis Pregnancy Programme
  • Sharon McGrath – National Co-ordinator for Social Personal and Health Education
  • Maire Ni Chuireain – Donegal Youth Council
  • Rita O’Reilly – CEO, Parentline
  • Frances Shearer – National Co-ordinator for Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Enda Saul – Programmes and Communications Manager, Crisis Pregnancy Programme

Other Advisors

The following people worked with the Crisis Pregnancy Programme on the development of content for the website on the area of their expertise.

  • Conor Brennan, Counsellor
  • Mary Crean, Bodywhys
  • Sandra Delamere, GUIDE Clinic, St. James’s Hospital
  • Orla Egan & Michael Barron, BeLonG To
  • Dr. David Gibney, GP (contraception section & medical review)
  • Simon Grehan, National Centre for Technology In Education
  • Louize Carroll, Headstrong
  • Maire Morrisey, Project Manager, Squashy Couch Youth Cafe, Waterford
  • Garret O’Connor, Barrister (age of consent section & legal review)
  • Rita O’Reilly, CEO, Parentline
  • Frances Shearer, National Co-ordinator for Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Teen Parents Support Programme
  • Margaret Grogan, the National Educational Psychological Service
  • Moira Germaine, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Sexual Health, HSE South

The evidence for this campaign was based on numerous research reports published by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency. In particular the work of:

  • Professor Hannah McGee & Professor Richard Layte – The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships
  • Dr. Abbey Hyde – Understanding Teenage Sexuality in Ireland
  • Dr. Jo Murphy Lawless – Fertility, Sex and Motherhood

Elements of the work of Jo Adams  have been used in certain sections of this website.