‘Serious gender imbalance’ remains at top of Irish business, report finds

New targets set for inclusion of women on leadership teams and in private companies

Balance for Better Business co-chairs Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Balance for Better Business co-chairs Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

A “serious gender imbalance” persists at the top level of businesses in Ireland, with 13 companies trading on the Euronext Dublin retaining all-male boards, a Government-commissioned review has found.

The 20 biggest publicly quoted Irish companies have met an interim target of having women directors account for at least a quarter of their board members but, at other listed companies, “virtually no progress” has been made, the Balance for Better Business (BFBB) group said.

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