Last Saturday’s INSPIRE training course in Dublin was something pretty special.
Over 50 women gathered in one room to learn how to run for politics and fix the gender gap in our society. Orlaith Carmody talked about confidence, impostor syndrome and believing in yourself. Green Party Cllr Claire Byrne shared her story of running for the locals in 2014. We also tackled building an effective communications plan and getting media prepped so you stay on message.
After lunch we heard from political consultant and campaigns manager Pat Montague and learned how a person actually gets elected in Ireland. Fianna Fail senator Catherine Ardagh spoke about how campaigns work in real life.
It was amazing, illuminating, and promising. All our experts agreed, there was future candidates in the room.
We arrive in Cork on September 23rd for a similar day and want to make it just as special. For that, we need you. We have already trained 50 women this year, we want to see a similar turn out in Cork. If you’re thinking about running, book INSPIRE. It could change your life.
Our Cork INSPIRE training course takes place on June 23rd, 2018 in the Imperial Hotel.
INSPIRE is a one-day programme which introduces women interested in politics to political life in Ireland. Throughout the day we will focus on campaigns, communications, and confidence. Experts demystify politics and show you how getting elected is something you can accomplish. You will leave the day with the tools and direction to take the next step on your political journey.
The INSPIRE programme is open to any woman with an interest in politics or public life. It is specifically targeted at women who have an interest in becoming more politically involved – as a campaigner, candidate or campaign manager – and who may consider putting themselves forward for election in the future.
We also serve women with leadership potential outside of politics – in business, trade unions, or the community and voluntary sector – that seek to influence politics or may consider politics as a future career.
Thanks to our generous supporters during last year’s incredible crowdfunding campaign, we are able to offer our training at a subsidised fee of €199, excluding the booking fee. We are also offering scholarship places to women who otherwise may not be able to attend INSPIRE.
Don’t fret if you’ve missed out on Dublin and can’t make Cork. We will be opening booking soon for Galway in October and our second Dublin training in September. Keep your eyes on our website, social channels and your inbox for news on that front and for alerts about other events we’re running throughout the summer.