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Lorraine Courtney: 'Give your vote to a woman - it's the only way to break the tyranny of mediocre men'

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Woman power: A photograph taken in Leinster House in 2008 showing female politicians celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 1918 election – the first in which women had the right to vote, and in which Countess Markiewicz was elected as the first female TD and MP. Photo: Tom Burke

Woman power: A photograph taken in Leinster House in 2008 showing female politicians celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 1918 election – the first in which women had the right to vote, and in which Countess Markiewicz was elected as the first female TD and MP. Photo: Tom Burke

Woman power: A photograph taken in Leinster House in 2008 showing female politicians celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 1918 election – the first in which women had the right to vote, and in which Countess Markiewicz was elected as the first female TD and MP. Photo: Tom Burke

If a man has a suit and can put a poster on a pole, people automatically assume he's TD material and vote for him. Women have a harder time. We make up more than half of the population, but less than a quarter of TDs.

We can't keep pretending that we live in a real democracy when more than half of us aren't represented. It's time to vote women into the Dáil. Right across the country, women are running for election in greater numbers than ever before. Female candidates make up around a third of those declared so far, and it's the first ever general election where there is a female candidate contesting in every single constituency.


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