IBEC & Women for Election Budget Briefing Breakfast

A jointly hosted budget briefing event brought together female leaders in politics and in business to engage in a discussion on the implications of Budget 2015   On Thursday 16th October, Women for Election and IBEC co-hosted a Budget briefing breakfast which gathered 70 men and women in IBEC’s headquarters on Baggot Street for a […]

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Highest Number of Women in Ministerial Roles

The appointment of two more women to cabinet today marks a milestone in Irish public life with the highest number of women in senior ministerial positions ever. Ministers O’Sullivan and Humphreys join An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, along with the Attorney General, Máire Whelan SC, in leading the most gender diverse […]

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Melanne Verveer speaks to Women for Election, TDs and Senators

On Friday 4th of July, Women for Election held a breakfast seminar with Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013).  The breakfast was kindly hosted by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at Iveagh House, on his last day as Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party. Ambassador Verveer shared a lifetime of stories with assembled […]

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Dr. Kerry Healey Speaks to Young Female Leaders

On Thursday, June 26th, Women for Election and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra hosted a roundtable discussion with female student leaders and Dr. Kerry Healey, former Lieutenant Governor to Mitt Romney and President of Babson College.   The roundtable focused on the role gender plays in society, particularly in politics and academia. Dr. Healey had a […]

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196 – HISTORIC NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED

HISTORIC NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED AND 50% OF THOSE ELECTED SO FAR HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY WOMEN FOR ELECTION Out of a total of 924 seats, there were 196 women elected – a 34% jump since 2009 (148) Female representation in Local Government is now at 21%, up from 16% in 2009 2 Newly elected […]

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POLL BOOST FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES: PUBLIC WANTS MORE FEMALE COUNCILLORS AND BELIEVES THEY WOULD DO A BETTER JOB

POLL BOOST FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES PUBLIC WANTS MORE FEMALE COUNCILLORS AND BELIEVES THEY WOULD DO A BETTER JOB Almost 7 in 10 (69%) believe their local council would make better decisions if there were more women councillors Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) would vote for a woman instead of a man if  both candidates were of equal […]

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Guest Blog: Mobile Technology – The New Frontier of Election Campaigns by Brendan Finucane

Having been politically active from a young age and working on countless campaigns I know what it takes to get elected. In Ireland in general and in a local election in particular, the most important factor of your campaign’s success is personally meeting as many constituents as possible in the run-up to polling day. The […]

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IRONIC THAT BANKING CRISIS CAUSED BY MEN NOW BEING INVESTIGATED BY ALL MEN

Today’s announcement (14 May) that all seven of the TDs on the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking crisis are men is hugely disappointing. It is a sad irony that only male members of the Dáil have been tasked with investigating the worst financial crisis this country has ever experienced. Arguably the impact may […]

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IRELAND’S JUSTICE SYSTEM NOW HEADED BY WOMEN AFTER FITZGERALD APPOINTMENT

The appointment of Frances Fitzgerald as Justice Minister today marks a milestone in Irish public life as Ireland’s justice system is now completely headed by women. Minister Fitzgerald joins an array of talented female professionals who hold the top positions in the State across Justice Portfolios.  They include Interim Garda Commissioner (Noírin O Sullivan), Attorney […]

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DUBLIN AND COMMUTER BELT BLAZE A TRAIL WITH RECORD NUMBERS OF FEMALE ELECTION HOPEFULS

An analysis of next month’s Local election candidates by Women for Election has shown that only Dublin and Meath with 33% and 31% female candidates respectively are on course to meet election quotas which will come into effect at the next General election. Overall, the number of women running in the local elections has improved […]

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