Time to ensure women equally represented in Dail -- and withhold funding if they are not
Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00
I WISH to welcome the proposed legislation to cut state funding for all political parties unless at least 30pc of their general election candidates are women.
At a time in our history where women are adequately represented in almost all areas of Irish life -- except in our national Parliament -- I feel this proposed legislation is long overdue.
However, allied to this proposal, I would also like to see an overhaul of the workings of Dail Eireann in order to make it a more family-friendly environment, and one that recognises the unique challenges facing women in the workplace.