Volunteer Team

Caroline Kirrane

Social contacts:
LinkedIn, Twitter

Why did you get involved with Women for Election?
I woke up early the morning after US voting and was dismayed to see that Hillary Clinton had not been elected. I decided there and then to stop shouting at the TV and take some action that reflected my political beliefs. I’m not very political so I don’t have many political beliefs but one is that equality in representation matters so I really want to see more women in politics. I don’t want to run but I really want to help women who do.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?
Because for your issues to matter, you need to be represented. I also strongly agree with Sheryl Sandberg when she said that “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

Other interests:
AcroYoga, Climbing, GoKarting, anything involving heights, movement or adrenalin (like crowdfunding campaigns!)

 

Kathleen Barrington, Founder Barrington Communications

Social contacts:
LinkedIn Twitter

Why did you get involved with Women for Election?
My daughter is sitting her Leaving Cert this year and I would like to think that she will be emerging in to a society where there are plenty of women role models both in the workplace and in politics. I am greatly heartened by the progress women have made at all levels in Irish society in recent years, but I feel there is still a hill to climb.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?
I hope that achieving greater diversity in our politics will lead to more robust decision making and to policies which represent and reflect the needs of the entire population. Women need to be on our councils, in the Seanad, in the Dáil and at the Cabinet table if their perspectives are to be adequately reflected in policy-making and legislation.

Other interests:
Tennis, skiing, all things French.

 

Aifric Gallagher

Why did you get involved with Women for Election?
I wanted to be a part of this project as soon as I heard about it. The idea of asking a large network of men and women, of varying backgrounds, ages, and political opinions, to fund more women to run for politics really appealed to me. The cross-party, inclusive nature of what WFE does is what motivates me to take part.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?
I wanted to be a part of this campaign, because I want to help. I want to see a further increase on the percentage of women being elected to our Dáil. I want to live in a society where issues that affect me are addressed and debated, in a government that is gender balanced. I want to see the gender pay gap become a distant past reality. I want to see more women in not just politics, but other traditionally male-dominated industries. I want to see women and men celebrated equally for their achievements, whatever their field.

Other interests:
Running, crossword-solving, horse-riding, listening to podcasts.

 

Mary Gurrie


Why did you get involved with Women for Election?

The lack of women in the Dail and slow rate of change has always disheartened me but I was never sure what I, with my one vote, could do about it. The quote from Ghandi that ‘you must be the change you wish to see in the world’ has always stayed with me so when Women for Election asked, ‘would you volunteer?’, I realised I could perhaps help.  And we all can!  So, get involved! Consider running for election. Help a woman run. Donate and help us elect more women!.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?

I really believe we will have better politics, better decision making, and a fairer society with a political system that is representative of all of society and particularly one which has more women in it.

Other interests:
Running, hiking, cycling, recycling!

 

Orla McGreal

Social contacts: LinkedIn

Why did you get involved with Women for Election?

I got involved with women for election because I am a passionate believer that if you don’t like something change it! I don’t like that more men than women are in government and hold top business jobs. I think the only way to change this is through the work of organisations such as Women for Election.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?

I want my needs as a young professional woman in Ireland known by my government. Yet how can a predominantly male government address my needs if they have never experienced them? More women in government means that there are more people to speak up for me!

Other Interests:
Travelling, writing and reading.

 

Joan Healy

Why did you get involved with Women for Election?

Women are so often underrepresented in decision making processes; whether it is in business, family or public life. As a consequence of this, I believe that Irish women still face discrimination on many fronts. I wanted to find a way to use my skillset to help more women to find their voice, so that we can change our society for the better.

Why do you think it’s important that there are more women in politics?
I believe that women should be equally represented in government. I think that equal representation will not only lead to a more effective and egalitarian democracy, but that having more women in politics would better address the specific needs of women, who make up more than half of our population.

Other Interests:
Coding, cats, rock climbing.