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Women In Politics

Thursday, 6th July, 2017 4:15pm

An event aimed at addressing the stark underrepresentation of women in politics will be held in Galway this weekend.

The public event titled ‘Women In Politics: Why it matters’ is being run by the Green Party in the Harbour Hotel on Saturday, 8 July at 5pm.

Organiser Pauline O’Reilly, a representative of the Green Party in Galway, says this event presents an opportunity to talk about the challenges women face, how to get involved in politics and how having more women in politics could change the social landscape.

“We only have to look at our local councils to see that large areas of our population remain next to invisible politically. Disappointingly only three out of a total of 18 councillors on the Galway City Council are women.”

The talk will bring together speakers who have a great deal of experience in gender rights including Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington who won a case for gender discrimination against NUI Galway and follows in the footsteps of her grandmother Hanna, an early Irish suffragette.

There will be a speaker from the National Women’s Council of Ireland, which represents women on a host of issues at a national level.

The event also brings Catherine Martin TD, Deputy Leader of the Green Party to Galway. 

She has been vocal recently in relation to what she sees as a failure of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to redress gender imbalance. She has been instrumental in setting up a cross-party Women’s Caucus for women to support each other in the Dáil, which she has called “a sea of suits and ties”.

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