#44 | Dil Wickremasinghe

The Alison Spittle Show – Episode 44  – Dil Wickremasinghe

In Episode 44 – recorded in Alison’s apartment Alison and Dil talk about identity politics, the gay marriage referendum, how being married to a psychotherapist has helped with dealing with online abuse and coping with being in the public eye. They also discuss how Irish media isn’t representative of the Irish landscape, the benefits of a home birth and raising her family and the elephant in the room which is of course her recent departure from Newstalk.

Dil Wickremasinghe has one vision and that is to create an inclusive and equal Ireland where all residents can live a fuller and more authentic life. She is a Social Justice and Mental Health broadcaster and journalist and presents her weekly podcast Sparking Change with Dil on the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For a decade she presented the award winning weekly programme Global Village on Newstalk. In addition Dil is also a regular contributor on RTE, TV3 and print media.

Dil is an activist and campaigns for equal rights and has served on the boards of numerous NGO’s. She is a passionate Mental Health Ambassador for One in Four, Suicide or Survive and See Change and shares her story of recovery to break down stigma around mental health.

In 2015 along with 9 other inspiring women Dil won the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Award for her work a Marriage Equality campaigner.

In May 2015 in the week of the historic Marriage Referendum, Dil and Anne Marie were overjoyed to welcome into the world their son, who they aptly named Phoenix! In August this year Dil and Anne Marie were again overjoyed with the arrival of their daughter Xavier.

Dil feels Irish as after living in Ireland 17 years she is now a proud Irish citizen.  

Alison Spittle does stand-up comedy all the time because there’s no money in it. She really likes a good carvery. You can find her upcoming gigs on alisonspittle.com or her Twitter.

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The Alison Spittle Show is produced by Sarah Garvey and Andrea Farrell.

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