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Minister for Justice and Equality-Frances Fitzgerald
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Is not having children the price women pay for political success?
There are many advocates for gender quotas to help women advance in politics - including front-bench politicians like Frances Fitzgerald. But sometimes events overtake arguments, and the astonishing rise of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of...
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...
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Lack of gender equality in State’s decision-making (Ireland)
Women make up just one third of members of State boards and have been "consistently under-represented in economic portfolios," according to a report submitted to Cabinet on gender equality in decision-making roles. It says that the figures have...
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...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Leading ladies of Oireachtas, Ireland: 'Rare birds' on hunt for equality
THE Seanad chamber is always a handy place for a parliamentary photo shoot. For a start, it's a beautiful room, all corniced high ceilings, sparkly chandeliers and plush blue leather seats. Secondly, it's as under-used as a copy of Mao's 'Little Red...
Monday, December 02, 2013
Female educational attainment ‘not reflected in politics’ in Ireland
It is time that the percentage of Irish women attaining high levels of education is reflected in decision making roles in politics and business, the head of the EU Commission representation in Ireland told an event held in Dublin tonight. Barbara...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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. ...