Fianna Fáil Women’s Network President and TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says women will play an important role in the 32nd Dáil. Thirty five women were elected to the Dáil in last month’s General Election – 10 more than the previous term.

Marking International Women’s Day Deputy Smyth commented, “This is an exciting time for women in politics, whereby one in five TDs in the Dáil are now women. This is a vast improvement in representation for women right across the country and I am delighted to play my part in this movement.

“Fianna Fáil has always advocated for women to play a strong role in politics. One of our founding members Countess Markievicz led the way and we have a proud tradition in appointing women to prominent positions, both within the party, and in Government. That has been continued through the recommendations of the Markievicz Commission report, which aims to increase female participation in politics.

“Last year Fianna Fáil set up the National Women’s Network to encourage and support more women to become involved in the party, and this has been complimented by a series of seminars and workshops for women activists in venues across the country.

“The increased number of women TDs in my own party, along with independents and women from other parties will ensure a new dynamic in the Dáil chamber. It heralds a new era in politics, and marks the beginning of an exciting period for women. I am very much looking forward to the weeks and months ahead, and I along with my fellow Fianna Fáil TDs, are ready to embrace the task ahead”.