As the General Election approaches, Women for Election are delighted to see that a record number of female candidates have already declared. Since our foundation in 2012 over 800 women have participated in our EQUIP and INSPIRE programmes. The results of our programmes have been fantastic, with high numbers of these women going on to successfully contest elections and run campaigns. Our EQUIP 2013 programme has produced the following candidates for the forthcoming general election, each of whom has the ability to succeed.

ypMMhl9PAnne-Marie Dermody

Anne-Marie is a Fine Gael General Election candidate in Dublin South West Constituency. She was co-opted onto the South Dublin County Council in 2011 and was re-elected to this position in 2014. During her tenure as a Councillor, Anne-Marie has worked on creating and sustaining local jobs, and was nominated to the Board of the charity Goal. Anne-Marie is also Managing Partner at Lyons Dermody Solicitors.


lisa_chambers_whitebg-200x300Lisa Chambers

Lisa is a Fianna Fáil Councillor for the Castlebar Electoral Area and is currently the Leas Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council. She was elected for the first time in 2014, and was the youngest member of Mayo County Council. As well as her position on Council, Lisa is a practicing Barrister and runs her own practice based out of Castlebar. Lisa holds a degree in Commerce and Law, a Masters in Commercial Law and a professional Barrister qualification from the Kings Inns.


CACatherine Ardagh
Catherine was first elected as a Fianna Fáil candidate to Dublin City Council in 2014, representing the Crumlin-Kimmage area. She will be contesting the General Election in Dublin South-Central. Catherine has been actively involved in many local community groups including The South Inner City Community Development Asoociation and The Walkinstown Business Association. Catherine is a solicitor and has her own practice Ardagh Solicitors.


RcWRose Conway Walsh
Rose is a Sinn Féin Councillor for the West Mayo Area and is a candidate for the Mayo constituency in the next election. She has worked full time in Community Development in her area and has been an active member of Sinn Féin since in 1998 including serving on the Party’s Ard Comhlaire. Rose has a Masters in Local Government and a BA Public Management.


JCzxAig-Jennifer Cuffe
Jennifer is a Fianna Fáil Councillor in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and General Election candidate for Wicklow-East Carlow. As well as her Council duties, Jennifer is a family law barrister living and working in the Greystones and Bray area. She is very involved in her community, working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Lions Club and Meals on Wheels.



We’re wishing all our alumni the best of luck in the upcoming election. We are extremely proud of our alumni and know that they will make brilliant additions to Leinster House.

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