We need to encourage women to run for election - Sen. Averil Power, Ireland

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We need to encourage women to run for election - Sen. Averil Power, Ireland

In Ireland, the rate of female participation in politics is one of the lowest in Europe

Just 15 per cent of Dail members are women, which ranks 5th in Europe, according to European Parliament figures collected after the general election in 2011. 

Last year, the department of the environment introduced legislation under the Electoral Act 1997 stipulating that all political parties provide a minimum of 30 per cent female candidates at the next general election or risk losing 50 per cent of their state funding.

In the following election, the female candidate quota will rise to 40 per cent.

We invite you to read the full article published July 30 2013

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