ASPIRING female politicians attending the country's first political campaign school were advised to sign up someone who "knows the system backwards".
Women for Election, a non-party political organisation, is running a three-day training course for women interested in running as candidates.
The group of 20 females on the course is made up of women affiliated with Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, the Green Party and Independents.
The vast majority of them plan to run in next year's local elections and some are sitting councillors.
Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery advised the participants on how to navigate their political party and get selected.
"You have to have a few people around who know the system backwards," he said.
The veteran campaigner said they needed to be active in their parties, as well as in local community, voluntary, sporting and residents groups.
Mr Flannery advised against antagonising members if they wanted to advance in the party.