Friday 24 February 2017

Time to ensure women equally represented in Dail -- and withhold funding if they are not

Joan Burton, left, with Labour women past and present. Only 25 out of the Dail's 166 TDs are women
Joan Burton, left, with Labour women past and present. Only 25 out of the Dail's 166 TDs are women

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.

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