Thursday 14 December 2017

TDs set up women's caucus as Trump controversy discussed

Green Party TD Catherine Martin Photo: Photocall Ireland/RollingNews.ie
Green Party TD Catherine Martin Photo: Photocall Ireland/RollingNews.ie
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Female TDs and senators have established a so-called women’s caucus in a bid to tackle issues such as maternity leave and the gender pay gap.

A meeting in Leinster House today heard how the establishment of the caucus is particularly timely in light of the inauguration of US president Donald Trump and his controversial remarks about women.

Green Party deputy leader and Dublin-Rathdown TD Catherine Martin said the caucus - which has cross-party support - will address many issues pertinent to women.

These include maternity leave, the gender pay gap and violence against women.

“This is about strengthening cross party cooperation amongst women elected in the Oireachtas,” Ms Martin said.

The meeting was addressed  by Orla O’Connor of the National Women’s Council, Niamh Gallagher of ‘Women for Election’ and Claire McGing of NUI Maynooth.

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