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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates
Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. Just 21 per cent of local councillors are women and it would take another 200 years to achieve gender parity at the...
Friday, May 25, 2018
A woman takes on Ireland’s old boy’s club
By Shawn McCreesh, On a misty Monday morning in the city’s north end, I am sipping coffee — not the Irish kind — with Mary Lou McDonald, the new president of Sinn Fein and the most exciting person in politics here today. At 5 foot 4, this fast-...
Monday, May 14, 2018
The First International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses
The Irish Women's Parliamentary Caucus will host the first International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses. The conference will bring together female parliamentarians from across the globe to discuss issues facing women and how...
Friday, May 04, 2018
After a century of women’s votes what about political seats?
This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to all British and Irish men over 21 and women over 30 who met minimum property or education qualifications. Gender was no longer an absolute barrier to...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
#MoreWomen in Ireland's next local elections
Women for Election is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life.  The organisation’s mission is to inspire and equip women to succeed in politics. Women...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Cáit Keane
Cáit Keane attended the 133rd Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva. She is a senator in the Irish parliament. Visit her website to know more about her http://www.caitkeane.com/. This interview was conducted at the 133rd IPU Assembly. 
Friday, January 08, 2016
Ireland's Prime Minister, Mr. Enda Kenny, declares his intention to constitute a parity government if he wins the elections
Ireland’s Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, has recently declared his intentions to constitute a parity government if he is to continue in power after the next elections. In his own words, ‘I would like to think that we could have an...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Political Geographer Claire Mc Ging discusses the implications of gender quotas in Ireland
Political Geographer, Ms. Claire Mc Ging, based at Maynooth University (Ireland) has recently posted an interesting article on how to increase women’s political representation at the London School of Economics webpage. The article comments the...
Helen McEntee
Friday, November 07, 2014
Helen McEntee
Helen McEntee, the youngest female member of parliament in Ireland speaks about the participation of women and youth in politics.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Ireland: We need to change way we do politics to attract more women
Opinion by Breda O'Brien Ireland is among the 10 lowest-ranked EU countries when it comes to political and economic representation of women. In January, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, we ranked joint 60th in the world when it comes to...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Alliance Party MLA calls for quotas to get women into politics, Ireland
Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage women to become candidates, Northern Ireland MLA, Anna Lo of the Alliance Party told a Sinn Féin...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Lack of women in politics highlighted in official report, Ireland
The Department of Justice has reported to the United Nations that there are too few women in politics and other decision-making roles in Ireland. In a gender equality report submitted to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, violence against...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Women Building Peace
This volume looks back at a wealth of women’s peacebuilding practice documented by Accord since 1998. Case studies from Cambodia,  Sierra Leone, northern Uganda, Papua New Guinea–Bougainville, Northern  Ireland, Angola, Sudan, Indonesia–Aceh and ...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Video message by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland
Video message by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland and the first female head of state, at the WIP Study Trip to Iceland, hosted by the Parliament of Iceland in Reykjavík, 3-4 April 2014. Video of Video message by Vigdís...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Why Fianna Fáil isn’t meeting local election target on female candidates
In the halls of Leinster House, Constance Markievicz cuts a lonely figure as the only portrait of a female parliamentarian in the entire building. When I pass her portrait, I often think this trailblazing woman would be horrified that the party she...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fianna Fáil ‘disappointed’ as it fails on female candidate targets
Fianna Fáil has conceded it is “disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May. The party’s enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary said today that less than 20 per cent of its candidates...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Burton describes Dáil as ‘a men’s club’, Ireland
Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a more women-friendly Oireachtas. The A Parliament of all Talents: Building a Women-friendly Oireachtas report by the National Women’s...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Less than a quarter of candidates running in the local elections are women, Ireland
POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE been busy over recent weeks and months making selections for the upcoming local elections. Research from Women for Election shows that of the 1278 selections made already by political parties, just 24 per cent are women. Not...