FF 'held over a barrel' on gender quotas and funds, court hears
A new gender quota law applying to political parties is "a reasonable course of action to address the historic under-representation of women in Irish politics", the High Court has been told.
Parties that want to continue to receive state funding must now ensure that at least 30pc of their general election candidates are women. Dr Fiona Buckley, a University College of Cork lecturer specialising in gender politics, said the law would address under-representation of women.
She was giving evidence for the State in a continuing challenge against the State by Fianna Fáil activist Brian Mohan, in which he disputes the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012.
His challenge came after Fianna Fáil had directed that its sole general election candidate in the Dublin Central constituency, where he wished to go forward for selection, must be a woman.
The court heard yesterday that Ireland ranks 86th - with North Korea and the Republic of Korea - of 140 countries worldwide in relation to political representation of women.
In 1990 Ireland was 37th.