O'Donnell says women in business and politics are central to recovery
GETTING women into positions of power should be at the heart of economic recovery, according to former Minister of State Liz O'Donnell.
"A central plank of our national recovery should be greater participation of women in leadership positions in politics and business. Too often women are absent from decision making at the highest level.
"Change is needed both in parliament and in the boardroom if Ireland is to improve on its dismal female participation rates.
"There are just 25 women in Dail Eireann, ranking 89th in a league of 113 countries for female participation. While at corporate board level, the diversity picture is equally poor. Ireland languishes at the bottom of the EU list."
Ms O'Donnell (pictured), an Irish Independent columnist, was giving the keynote speech on International Women's Day at a fundraising lunch in aid of Tallaght-based education and training centre An Cosan.
She said that she hoped that the women who had benefited from the organisation's work would consider a move into politics. Next year's local elections are an opportunity for more community activists to enter politics, she added.