Record number of women MLA’s elected to Stormont

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Record number of women MLA’s elected to Stormont


Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (left) and vice president Michelle O'Neill. The party has 12 women among their 27 MLAs. Photo: Liam McBurney

Voters in Northern Ireland have returned a record number of women to the Assembly.

Of the 90 MLAs elected to Stormont, 32 are women – an increase from 33pc in 2020 to just over 36pc.

The first Assembly formed after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 had just 13pc female representation.

Among them were Monica McWilliams and Jane Morrice of the Women’s Coalition, Sinn Féin’s Bairbre de Brún, the DUP’s Iris Robinson, Joan Carson for the UUP and Bríd Rodgers of the SDLP, who was a minister in the first executive.

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