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Women for Election hit Washington

Guest Blog by Clare Duignan, @clare_duignan Could there be a more exciting time to visit Washington than in these first weeks of the administration of newly-elected US President Donald Trump? Having spent the days since his inauguration waking to RTÉ’s Cathríona Perry on Morning Ireland telling us what Mr. Trump had done overnight, following his […]




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Looking back on 2016

2016 has certainly been a year to remember with huge changes in national and international politics. Women for Election have been busy througout the year, training candidates and bringing politically minded women together. Below we look back at our work over the past twelve months. The Year in Politics On Wednesday December 14th we were […]




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Women for Election helps empower women to amplify their voices online with Facebook

Facebook today hosted over 150 politically active women for the ‘Women for Election’ annual Summer School.  The event, which took place at Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin, was entitled ‘Amplifying your Voice Online’ and saw panel of leading female politicians discuss how Facebook is enabling them connect with people and strengthen their voice online. During […]




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Failure to meet 50:50 cabinet commitment increases urgency to promote female TDs in other key roles

  Tweet   After an unprecedented election for female representation, the Taoiseach’s failure to meet his commitment on a 50:50 cabinet only increases the urgency of promoting female TDs in other key roles according to Women for Election’s Director of Operations and Campaigns, Suzanne Collins. “This general election created unprecedented opportunity for women. The gender quota […]




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Record number of votes cast for women as 35 female TDs enter 32nd Dáil

Tweet The percentage of women in the 32nd Dáil will hit a record high according to the Director of Operations and Campaigns for Women for Election, Suzanne Collins as 35 women were elected in GE16. Speaking about the result, Suzanne Collins said, “The general election in 2011 saw 25 women elected. They were joined by […]




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Day 4 of the GE16 results: 35 women have been elected to the 32nd Dáil

  Female Members of the 32nd Dáil Tweet Carlow Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion Sinn Féin Cavan Monaghan Heather Humphreys Fine Gael Niamh Smyth Fianna Fáil Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony Fianna Fáil Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Féin Maureen O’Sullivan Independent Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell Sinn Féin Dublin Bay South Kate O’Connell Fine […]




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Historic increase in female TDs clear as counts remain underway

  Tweet   As the GE16 counts continue to come in, it is clear that there will be a historic increase in female representation in the 32nd Dáil. Currently, 32 women have been elected and with a number of tight races still underway, several female candidates remain in contention. So far there are 16 newly elected […]




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Their campaign so far: EQUIP Alumni in GE16

Yesterday we posted a blog about two of our Alumni running in the General Election, Cllr. Carrie Smyth and Lorna Bogue. Today we talked to Cllr. Ann Norton, Independent candidate in the Clare constituency, Carol Hunt, Independent Alliance candidate for the Dun Laoghaire constituency and Anne Farrell, who is running for RENUA in Roscommon/Galway East. […]




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Stories from the campaign trail: Our alumni in GE16

Today and tomorrow we’ll be featuring stories from our Alumni contesting GE16 around the country. First up we talked to Lorna Bogue, Green Party candidate in the Cork South-Central constituency and Cllr. Carrie Smyth, Labour Party candidate in Dun Laoghaire. Both Lorna and Carrie took part in our three day training programme for General Election […]




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Women for Election urges voters to #electwomen as percentage of women running in GE16 doubles

  Tweet As Women for Election launches their Guide to GE16, Director of Operations and Campaigns, Suzanne Collins is urging voters to look at the women running in their constituency and pick the female candidate who best reflects their politics and support them on polling day. “This General Election is historic and when compiling our […]




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