Fledgling councillors trained for new posts
PHIL Hogan, pictured, was blessed among women yesterday as he turned up for a "masterclass in effective negotiation".
The Environment Minister attended an event at Dublin's Mansion House to mark the fact that out of the 943 local election seats counted so far, one in five have gone to female candidates. This is a 33pc increase since 2009.
New councillors converged for a 'Women for Election' conference where they received training for their journey into public life.
Picture by Damien Eagers