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Thursday 27 April 2017

Wicklow tops for electing female TDs

Wicklow has one of the best records of any county when it comes to electing women with four female TDs elected since 1982.

With the Dáil entering its last autumn session before the General Election takes place, Women for Election took some time out to draw up a league table of counties who have the best record of electing women.

Suzanne Collins, Director of Operations and Campaigns, says Wicklow tops the charts once Dublin and Cork's multiple constituencies are excluded.

'A total of 1,242 TDs have been elected since 1918 and only 95 of them have been women. Four of those women have been from Wicklow giving the county the distinction of returning the highest number of women per county and constituency. This is despite Wicklow voters only electing their first woman, Gemma Hussey in 1982.

'Of the other counties around the country, the average number of women elected in each since 1918 is two. Other counties that have also elected four female TDs like Kerry and Tipperary have seen those women elected across two constituencies within the county. In many cases over the years the electorate in Wicklow and elsewhere didn't have the choice to vote for a woman as there were no female candidates.'

In Wicklow Gemma Hussey was elected from 1982 to 1989 and Liz McManus from 1992 to 2011. Mildred Fox was elected from 1995 to 2007 and Anne Ferris has been a sitting TD since 2011.

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