Varadkar donates €200 to 'women in politics' group
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who has been criticised for not appointing more female ministers, has made a donation to a campaign aimed at boosting participation by women in politics.
The Women for Election group has raised around €52,000 to subsidise a scheme to train 300 women to run for election.
At the weekend the organisation said Mr Varadkar's failure to appoint more women to Cabinet was "disappointing" and "ignited support" for its campaign.
Mr Varadkar was among more than 700 people who chipped in, with the Taoiseach donating €200.
He said that nine out of the 12 women TDs supporting the Government are ministers or committee chairpersons. He said the key to having more women in those senior positions is getting them elected to the Dáil. Mr Varadkar said: "I sincerely hope that the Women for Election group uses the money it has raised to achieve that outcome."
A spokeswoman for the organisation said it was delighted with the support it has received.