Gemma Hussey

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Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Constance Cassidy, centre, with a group of current and former female government ministers who gathered at Lissadell House in Sligo in July 2018, to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the death of Countess Markievicz. Photograph: James Connolly

Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan and Heather Humphreys are members of the exclusive club of 19 women who have served as senior Government Ministers (...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

Former Fine Gael minister Gemma Hussey told women at a meeting about the Eighth Amendment there has been ‘a long list of bills and inquiries and tragedies‘ since it was introduced. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael women who served as politicians when the Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Constitution in 1983 have said Friday’s referendum on repeal(...)

Mary O’Rourke (back row, second right) at Áras an Uachtaráin for the swearing in of the new Fianna Fáil Cabinet in March 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I was elected to Dáil Éireann in November of 1982, and on a Sunday, in January of 1983, Enda – my late husband – and I were at home in Athlone. I was (...)

Ailbhe Smyth, Frank Crummey, Carol Hunter, Gemma Hussey, Catherine McGuinness and Liz McManus at the launch in Dublin of Grandparents for Choice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The insertion of the Eighth Amendment into the Constitution was a “catastrophic mistake” and has caused “endless suffering and heartache”, a former Fi(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described the graphic abortion-related imagery posted in his Wicklow constituency as “obscene, horrific and uneth(...)

Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

Countess Constance markievicz as a captain in the rish Citizen Army.

One of the most significant developments of the last century, the centenary of which will be commemorated next year, was the Representation of the Peo(...)

Mavis Arnold (centre) at the launch in 1987 of her booklet ‘Irishwomen into Focus’, with (left)  Thekla Beere, former chairwoman of the Commission on the Status of Women, and the then minister of State for women’s affairs, Nuala Fennell. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

After news broke that the political journalist Bruce Arnold’s home telephone had been tapped by An Garda Síochána, his wife Mavis couldn’t resist joki(...)

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