Saturday 23 September 2017

Women from all walks of life gather to celebrate their successes

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

FROM collecting €250m in property taxes to surviving three decades on the political landscape or looking in the mirror and realising you are the head of a major multi-national company, the definition of success comes in many different shapes for our most powerful women.

With International Women's Day in full swing, a host of events got under way throughout the country to mark the event.

In Dublin, a gathering of 700 business women met at the RDS for a breakfast event to discuss the theme "Defining Success. Your Way."

Revenue boss Josephine Feehily joked to delegates that "right now, success is about collecting €250m".

The chairman of the Revenue Commissioners revealed that she did not have a life plan or a career plan but that growing up, she "didn't know women shouldn't do things".

Cathriona Hallahan, head of Microsoft Ireland, and former minister Mary O'Rourke were also among the women on the panel who revealed the story of their success.

Later, a similar gathering converged on Aras an Uachtarain as President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina hosted a reception for over 200 women leaders from the community, voluntary and arts sectors, as well as political leaders and members of the media.

Among those present were broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, ministers Joan Burton and Frances Fitzgerald and TDs Clare Daly and Mary Lou McDonald.

In Cork, Jane Maas, author of international bestseller 'Mad Women', was speaker at an event organised by Network Ireland which focused on the positive theme of "Growing Momentum".

The focus was on "Accelerating Change" at another conference held to mark the day at University of Limerick, chaired by John Bowman, where Olympic medallist Sonia O'Sullivan was one of the speakers.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service hosted an annual International Women's Day brunch in Tullamore.

President Michael D Higgins said that while International Women's Day was a day to mark solidarity among women, it should not be used to "deny or ignore the diversity that exists" among women.

Ridding our society of barriers is vital if we are to achieve a fully inclusive society in which the creativity and capabilities of each citizen could flourish, he said.

Irish Independent

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