Women are outnumbered by six to one
WOMEN are outnumbered six to one in the Dail, leaving Ireland at the bottom of the political league when it comes to equal representation, writes Aine Kerr.
Of the 166 TDs in the Dail, only 23 are women, which equates to just 14pc.
Only four other countries have a worse record -- Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Malta. By contrast, Sweden's parliament has 47pc female representation, Finland has 41.5pc and the Netherlands 40pc.
On a global scale, Ireland is ranked joint 82nd in terms of women's representation. In the Dail, there are eight female Fianna Fail TDs, five Fine Gael, seven Labour, one PD and one Green.
The number of women TDs rose from 13 in 1989 to 20 in 1992, and there has been no significant hike since. At the last General Election, 17pc of candidates were women. They were 20pc of candidates in 1997.