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Friday, April 03, 2020
Ireland: Women will do politics differently
By Andrée Murphy, When Michelle O’Neill paused in her answers to the Stormont chamber this week, she reflected heartfelt concerns in these days of uncertainty. Jim Allister had asked her about his constituent, a woman of 32 years with a young child...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Ireland: Threatening phone calls among issues facing women in politics highlighted by NWCI
A TD says she left her home for a week after getting threatening phone calls in the middle of the night. It is one of a number of instances of abuse against female politicians, including death and rape threats. The National Women's Council of...
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Ireland: ‘Mismatch’ between proportion of women who stand for election and get elected
Why does a lower proportion of women get elected than stand for election? That was a key question posed at a meeting held in Dublin to discuss the barriers facing women entering politics, in the wake of the recent local elections. The Minister for...
Friday, January 25, 2019
Ireland needs to elect more women and this is how we achieve it
It’s been suggested that the rise of women's interest in Irish politics could have been directly attributable to the introduction of gender quotas. The Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill was introduced in the Seanad in February 2012 and...
Monday, September 10, 2018
Ireland: Women in politics will be key measure of gender equality
"The proportion of women in national parliaments will be a key measure of success in achieving gender equality and would spur, in turn, further progress”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at the International Congress of Parliamentary...
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, 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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ireland: Female Politicians Want Gender Quota
Having more women in politics should be more than an aspiration – their presence must be backed up by law, a Dáil sub-committee was told yesterday. Former Fine Gael minister for education Gemma Hussey told the Dáil sub-committee on Women’s...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ireland: Nothern Ireland - Women to Unite Over Political Inequality
Women from all the main parties are set to join forces next week - to demand an increase in females in the next Assembly. Yet only one in six candidates fighting it out for the 108 seats are women - a marginal drop compared to the last Stormont...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ireland: Parties will lose funding if they fail to fill gender quota
Political parties are going to have to start choosing a lot more female candidates if they want to retain the current €14m a year subsidy from the taxpayer. In what was described by one senior source as "a radical step", the Cabinet has...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
IRELAND: Parliamentary Election
Ireland will hold parliamentary elections February 25th. Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) with 166 seats. At stake in this...