Louise Lawless is a freelance journalist and trainee solicitor based in Ireland. 

Her work features in The Irish Times and The Irish Independent and seeks to highlight inequality for women in sports. Louise will qualify as an Irish solicitor in early 2023 and is hoping to use her background in journalism and law to help women and girls going forward. This is her first time as a recipient of a Journalismfund.eu grant. 

Louise Lawless

Basic information

Louise Lawless
Journalist and trainee solicitor
inequality for women

Supported projects

Hands On Deck: Exploitation of Migrant Fishing Workers in Ireland

  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry
  • Human Rights
  • Trafficking

DUBLIN - Recruited to Ireland with the promise of good wages, fishers from the Philippines - often in debt after paying illegal recruitment fees - travel across the world to provide better opportunities for themselves and their families. But a work permission scheme, introduced following exposure of trafficking and exploitation of undocumented workers in the sector, has now become a vehicle to exploit the same workers it was introduced to protect, according to workers' advocates.