Women for Election 22/01/2020

Women For Election CEO Ciairín de Buis, says the election nomination figures reveal a missed opportunity for the next Dáil. “We urged all parties to aim for at least 40% women candidates on the ticket and most of them fell well short of the mark.”

Ciairín de Buis continued “Fine Gael just scraped over the quota at (30.5%). Fianna Fáil (31%), Labour (32%) and Sinn Féin (33%) didn’t do much better. The numbers of women on the ticket for People Before Profit (38%), the Green Party (41%), and the Social Democrats (57%) show there are plenty of women who are politically engaged, active and ready to run out there, right now. You’d have to wonder why the other parties cannot recognise this fact.”

Ciairín de Buis went on to say “It’s shocking that there are more men named Seán than women on the ticket in Cork East, and as many Michaels as women running in Cork North West. ”

Ciairín de Buis concluded by saying “While it’s very welcome news that there is a woman running in every constituency, for the first time ever, we need to be more ambitious than that. Women aren’t a minority group, we are more than half the population – and the political parties need to wake up to the fact that we need political leadership which represents us all.”

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For more information, comment or interviews contact
Mairead Butler 083 105 26 87 and mairead@womenforelection.ie or
Ciairín de Buis 087 120 71 03 and ciarin@womenforelection.ie

*2020 is the 25th anniversary of the Beijing platform for action, a landmark agreement to end gender inequality.

Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent organisation that trains and supports women to succeed in political life. We want to see more women succeed in politics. Our vision is of an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life. For more information please see www.womenforelection.ie

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