In 1918, Countess Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British Parliament at Westminster. She never took her seat and joined the first Dáil where she was the first female TD.
Since the election of Countess Markievicz over 100 years ago, only 131 women have been elected to the Dail. This is not good enough. Today 37 of the 160 members of Dáil Éireann are women. That’s 23%, the highest that has ever been achieved. At the current rate of change, it will take more than 250 years to reach 50% female representation.