Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage at Leinster House in January 2018 were (back row, from left): Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Alice Mary Higgins, Catherine Martin, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Cathaoirleach, and Senator Gabrielle McFadden; (front row, from left): Meg O’Brien, Megan O’Malley and Evelyn O’Keeffe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This year marks the centenary of the passing of the 1918 Act which provided Irish women with the right to vote for the first time. Legislation passed (...)

Speakers attending the Parnell Summer School in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow from leeft Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queens University ,and Dr Sonja Tiernan, Modern History, Liverpool. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said. Just 21 per cent of lo(...)

‘It’s so pervasive for younger women and particularly women in less powerful roles in workplaces,’ Senator Ivana Bacik said. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said sexual harassment is “absolutely pervasive” in the workplace and she experienced it herself. Ms Bacik told the P(...)

RTÉ:  Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast said Kieran Mulvey’s review failed to provide a clear gender profile of RTÉ, including the different types of employment contracts or a breakdown of part-time/full-time staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

A review of gender equality in RTÉ which the broadcaster published earlier this month has been strongly criticised by a leading academic. Prof Yvonne(...)

Michelle O’Neill replaced Martin McGuinness as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North last month; Arlene Foster has been running the DUP since 2015 and last year Naomi Long took over as Alliance Party leader. Photographs: Agencies

Despite the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two largest parties being women, female candidates make up less than a third of the candidates vying for ele(...)

“I already do bootcamp twice a week,” says Senator Averil Power, “but I don’t think this is quite the same thing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Once upon a time just about the only qualification you needed to become an election candidate was a surname that approximated with the outgoing TD (if(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Prof Yvonne Galligan with FF Senators Mary White (back left) and  Averil Power at the report launch of the Markievicz Commission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Imposing women candidates in constituencies with established male politicians to meet gender quota requirements will involve “hard, tough and difficu(...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In sport, they call the third quarter the “moving quarter”, during which the team with the momentum and strength behind it takes a firm grip on the ga(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

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