There have been more Seáns and Johns than women elected to Dáil Éireann,
according to an analysis of all TDs elected since 1918.
There were 99 Johns and 31 Seáns elected over the last century compared with just 114 women, according to the analysis for Women for Election.
Of all the people ever elected to the Dáil since the foundation of the state, only
nine per cent were women, while 91% were men. That is according to
Caroline Kirrane, Adjunct Lecturer at Trinity College Business School who analysed the data.
Financial expert Kirrane is spearheading an innovative crowdfunding campaign
which aims to raise €50,000 for Women for Election. Women for Election will use the funds to subsidise training 300 women to stand for election.
The campaign is being launched this evening at an event hosted at Twitter’s headquarters in Dublin followed by a discussion with a panel of high-profile politicians, including Cavan-Monaghan's Niamh Smyth TD, who famously had to declare to the Dáil she was sick, as oppose to take maternity leave, when she gave birth to her daughter.
Women for Election Chair Michelle O’Donnell Keating said: “Thirty-five women were elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil, an all- time high. Yet, women account for just 22% of TDs and 30% of senators. We are taking early steps to put in place the funding to train women considering entering political life so
that they are ready to run in the next local and general elections.’’
Today’s launch marks five years since the organisation was founded in 2012. Since then, Women for Election has trained more than 1,000 women to take the next step on their political journeys.
Women for Election has a strong track record of providing practical support to
inspire, equip and inform women entering politics. Of the 194 women who secured seats in the 2014 local elections, 50% were trained on Women for Election programmes, while in the 2016 General Election, 40% of the successful newly-elected women TDs had been through the programmes.
Women for Election co-founder Niamh Gallagher said: “Our experience is that
people really want to see more gender equality in Irish politics. This crowd funding campaign gives everyone the opportunity to help achieve that by contributing to the work Women for Election does inspiring and supporting women to take the first step and make a difference in politics.”
Anybody who would like to support the campaign can opt for a number of donation options, offering a range of campaign perks.
Full details at: www.womenforelection.ie/donate.