Wednesday 16 January 2019

Public life: History of the role of women traced

Political voices: Attending the symposium was Dr Emer Purcell (NUI), Dr Attracta Halpin (Registrar, NUI), Justice Catherine McGuinness, Professor Philip Nolan (President of Maynooth University), and Josepha Madigan, Minister of the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Photo: LENSMEN
Political voices: Attending the symposium was Dr Emer Purcell (NUI), Dr Attracta Halpin (Registrar, NUI), Justice Catherine McGuinness, Professor Philip Nolan (President of Maynooth University), and Josepha Madigan, Minister of the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Photo: LENSMEN
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High-profile women from across public life gathered in the National Gallery of Ireland to mark 100 years since women were granted the vote and first participated in a general election.

Judge Catherine McGuinness was joined by academics, senators and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan at a symposium examining women's role in political life from before the foundation of the State right through to contemporary feminism in Ireland as part of the Political Voices: the Participation of Women in Irish Public Life.

Ms Madigan noted that while there has been progress in the past 100 years, "we still have a way to go before we achieve gender equality in Irish politics".

A separate panel saw the four women who served as Tánaiste speak about women in government. Fine Gael's Frances Fitzgerald, Labour's Joan Burton, the Progressive Democrats' Mary Harney and Mary Coughlan (Fianna Fáil) are the only women to have held that office.

Irish Independent

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