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Martin O'Brien

Opinion Martin O'Brien 9 June 2021

Constitutional change and devolution – is there a role for philanthropy?

I think it’s fair to say that many of us working in philanthropy were entirely unprepared for the deep divisions and polarisation exposed and brought about by Brexit. We are still coming to terms with …

Special feature James A. Goldston and Martin O'Brien 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Supporting legal action

As Alliance magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary, we asked two long-standing funders of legal action to reflect on their experience over those 25 years and to point out some of the most important lessons learned …

Opinion 1 Avila Kilmurray and Martin O'Brien 19 June 2020

Build back better: A role for philanthropic scaffolding

Philanthropy has a responsibility to respond to the inequalities revealed by COVID-19 and graphically underlined by the killing of George Floyd. Many philanthropies have listened to their grantees and are already offering no cost extensions …

Special feature Martin O'Brien 30 May 2017

Messages that work

‘He expanded the definition of “us” and shrank the definition of “them”.’ This was the core of Bill Clinton’s eulogy at the funeral of Martin McGuinness, the former IRA leader turned peacemaker in Northern Ireland. …