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Fewer women on Irish boards

Ireland has one of the lowest proportions of women on the boards of major companies of any country in Europe.

Fewer than one-in-five directors of major corporations here is a woman, compared to two-in-five in Norway.

By and large the farther north you travel in Europe, the higher the proportion of female directors.

Portugal has the lowest proportion of female board members of any European country, with just 5pc of board seats held by women.

Greece followed with 6.7pc and Italy with 10.5pc. Spain and then Ireland are next.

The figures are from research compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence.

Norway, Finland and France have the greatest level of female 

All three countries have set legal minimums for the number of female directors.