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Joanne O’Riordan

Activist, columnist and public speaker

Joanne O’Riordan is one of seven living people born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, a disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs. She first gained attention for skipping school to confront then Taoiseach Enda Kenny about his proposed plan to reduce disability funding during his election.

In April 2012, she spoke before the UN and challenged the body to create technology to help disabled people such as herself. She was named Young Person of the Year at the People of the Year awards in 2012.

Joanne is an activist for people with disabilities, a motivational speaker and a sports columnist with The Irish Times. She appears in the 2013 documentary No Limbs No Limits.