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Irene Dountney (1948 - 2018)

Irene Doutney passed a way on 11th June 2018. Irene was active on the Board of The Factory and on the REDWatch Co-ord Group for many years. She served two terms on the City of Sydney Council finishing as Deputy Lord Mayor. Stories about Irene and details of a Celebration of her life will be placed into this section of the website.
Vale Irene Doutney - 4 June 2018
It is with great sadness that I let you know of the death today of Irene Doutney at the St Vincent’s Hospice. Irene has been unwell for some years outliving doctors initial expectations. Plans will be made this week for a celebration Irene’s life probably here somewhere in Redfern and will let you know arrangements when know.
Details for Irene Doutney's funeral and memorial
We have received the following details on 14 JUne 2018 evening from Sylvie Ellsmore regarding arrangements for Irene’s funeral which we are passing on.
Irene Doutney in her own words
The following description of Irene Doutney is adapted from her old City of Sydney Council Website and provides a good overview of what Irene stood for.
File Remembering Irene Doutney Flyer - 2pm 29th June 2018
Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial June 29, 2018 2pm - 5pm Redfern Town Hall RSVP at
Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial - 2pm 29 June 2018 Jun 29, 2018 from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM Redfern Town Hall,
This is a community event to remember Irene Doutney who recently passed away. This is a community event involves Irene's family, friends and colleagues. It is supported by The City of Sydney (of which she was an ex Deputy Lord Mayor), The NSW Greens (of which she was an elected member), Counterpoint Community Services (of which she was a volunteer and long term Management Committee Member) and REDWatch (of which she was a Co-ord Group member 2007-2015) and the Redfern NAB (of which she was a NAB Rep). A 78er, Irene participated in the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and was a long-time advocate for LGBTIQ rights. Irene had many involvements through her life and everyone is welcome to celebrate the contribution of this amazing woman.
Image Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial
Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial - 2pm 29 June 2018
Image Graphic from 2015 Tribute to Irene Doutney
Graphic from 2015 Tribute to Irene Doutney
Vale Irene Doutney - Minute by the Lord Mayor
At City of Sydney Council meeting on 25 June 2018, the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, presented the following Mayoral Minute in recognition of Irene Doutney.
File Irene Doutney Memorial Program, Obituary and Key Speaches for 29 June 2018
This is the program for the Memorial on 29 June 2018. It also includes an obituary and some key speeches by Irene.
Community Memorial for Irene Doutney - Video
Below are the links to the formal presentations made at the Community Memorial for Irene Doutney on 29 June 2018.
Hans Bos at Irene Doutney's Memorial
We had a beautiful memorial for Irene, many friends came and spoke beautiful things about her, here is Hans Bos' contribution.