Released: 09 Feb 2020

While some constituencies are still counting, the percentage of women TDs is set to rise by just 1% from 2016. So far, 31 women and 102 men have been elected to the next Dáil.

Ciairín de Buis, CEO of Women for Election said “We are disappointed that the number of women TDs has not risen significantly since the last election, but this was somewhat inevitable given that the larger parties did not run a balanced ticket.”

Ciairín de Buis continued “It looks like women will make up just 23% of the Dáil. There are at least 10 constituencies with no women TDs at all.  Across all the Cork constituencies, Holly Cairns was the only women to take 1 of the 18 seats. No women were elected in Limerick (City or County), Tipperary or Dublin West. However, where there was a balanced ticket there is balanced representation  – Dublin Central saw 2 women and 2 men returned, as did Dublin South-Central. Dublin Rathdown saw a majority of women elected, with 2 women and 1 man representing the constituency. But it is disappointing that, once again, there are constituencies where there are no women elected. It’s hard to believe that in 2020, there are large parts of the country without any women in the Dáil.”

“In 2016 we saw how the introduction of the 30% quota which doubled the numbers of women candidates. But the larger parties seemed to regard the quota as a target, not the minimum requirement.  We called for all parties to aim for 40% or higher as this will be the quota from 2023 – only the Social Democrats and the Green Party did this and ran a balanced ticket.” Ciairín de Buis continued.

She concluded by saying ”The larger parties need to look at their candidate selection and their support structures if they are serious about addressing this gender imbalance. We urge all parties to ensure they have more women on the ticket next time around, and to start that work now.”

Notes for Editors

% Women Candidates by Party

FG 30%

FF 31%

Labour 32%

Aontu 33%

SF 33%

SPBP 38%

Green Party 41%

Soc Desm 55%

 

Constituencies with no Women Reps

Cork East

Cork North- Central

Cork North–West
Cork South–Central
Dublin Bay South

Dublin West
Donegal

Limerick City

Limerick County

Meath West
Tipperary

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