Thursday 29 September 2016

'Women do not progress beyond entry level'

Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30

Joe McDonagh. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Joe McDonagh. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The grand-nephew of one of the signatories of The Proclamation has called for senior management at institute's of technology to be held accountable for the lack of women in senior roles.

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Dr Joe MacDonagh, whose granduncle Thomas MacDonagh was executed in Kilmainham Gaol in May 1916, said sanctions should be imposed on institutions that do not address gender imbalance.

Only 29pc of senior staff at the country's 14 ITs are women.

Dr MacDonagh, who lectures in Business at the Institute of Technology Tallaght, was speaking at the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) annual congress at the INEC in Killarney.

It was also addressed by fellow union member Sean Connolly, great-grandson of rebel leader James Connolly.

"There isn't a problem at entry level - but women don't progress beyond that," Dr MacDonagh said. "The systems in Ireland aren't really fit for purpose and although not nakedly so, they are discriminatory."

He also advocates having equality managers as a senior role in the institutes and sanctions being linked to funding so that it's taken seriously.

Sean Connolly, who teaches at Rathmines College, urged TUI members to "jealously guard" the principles of free education.

Irish Independent

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