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Recently Jillian van Turnhout decided to bring her various activities together in one company, called Isiltir Group. This company is registered with Ireland’s Companies Registration Office and is of course registered for VAT. It encompasses both Jillian van Turnhout Consultancy and Genealogy.ie, her company that specialises in Irish Family History research. For more information on the new company, click the link in the footer of this webpage.



I am helping organisations in three areas: Corporate Governance, Executive Hiring, and (Children’s Rights) Advocacy and Training. Click on the relevant picture below to learn more about that service. Underneath this I will tell more about myself, about my term as Senator in the Irish Parliament and about my global network of contacts, my awards and activities. At the bottom of this page you will find my Blog.



I have almost 30 years experience in working for commercial and non-commercial (NGO) organisations, as well as serving a term as an independent senator in the Irish parliament. In various appointments – culminating in a position as a Chief Executive – I have gathered all-round management knowledge. To this I can add over a decade as a member the Economic and Social Council of the European Union, of which I have been a Vice-President. I have also served many organisations in a voluntary capacity, such as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides, a membership organisation with over 10,000 members. Last but not least, I have been and still am a member, vice-chair or chair in several boards.

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From 2011 to 2016 I was an independent Senator in the Irish parliament. I influenced and initiated legislation, participated in successful campaigns, was named “Senator of the Year” by Miriam Lord (writer and columnist with The Irish Times) and was awarded TV3’s Tonight Show “Politician of the Year”.

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Thanks to my work in Europe, the NGO sector and as a legislator I have been able to build an extensive, global network of contacts. In recognition of my work I have received many awards.  I have led many organisations and campaigns and supported various good causes. This gallery gives you a flavour of this.

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Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015: Second Stage

I welcome the Minister to the House on this, our penultimate day of term. I heartily welcomed the initiation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. As did Senator Burke, I participated in the hearings of Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health … Continue reading

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Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015: Report and Final Stages

I move amendment No. 2: In page 6, line 14, to delete “child pornography” and substitute “child sexual abuse material“. These amendments were also tabled on Committee Stage. As I have already articulated my views on this issue on Committee … Continue reading

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Motion: Direct Provision

The Minister of State is welcome to the House. I avail of the opportunity to welcome to the Visitors Gallery Dr. Bryan McMahon, chairman of the working group which is to report to the Government on improvements to the protection … Continue reading

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Motion: Children and young people in Direct Provision

The following motion will be taken from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016. “That Seanad Éireann: – welcomes the final Report of the ‘Working Group to Report to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision … Continue reading

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Joint Committee Questions to the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs

Question 10 (Senator Jillian Van Turnhout) Can the Minister give his considered view on the recommendations in the Report of the Joint Committee on Health and Children on the General Scheme of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015? My … Continue reading

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