Fianna Fáil has today held a grassroots led seminar aimed at supporting women in becoming politically active. The seminar was held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin.

The gathering of members was addressed by former Minister Mary O’Rourke, Tiernan Brady of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and Suzanne Collins of Women for Election.

Laura Reid, who is a member of the Markievicz Commission and was involved in organising the seminar, said, “Today’s seminar is another example of the positive steps that we are taking in Fianna Fáil to encourage greater female participation in political life. I welcome confirmation that the party will form a new Women’s Network next month with the aim of supporting women in getting active in politics.”

Fianna Fáil Gender Equality Officer Christabelle Feeney commented, “Today we have moved forward with our activities arising from the Markievicz Commission Report, the programme aimed at increasing female participation in Fianna Fáil politics.

“Today’s seminar heard from a number of guest speakers who highlighted the importance of gender equality in political life, and the steps that need to be taken to achieve this. Participants also discussed how to encourage a new generation of women in becoming politically active.

“The seminar is a prelude to the launch of the Fianna Fáil National Women’s Network. The inaugural meeting of the network is scheduled for next month, and will take place alongside a second election bootcamp for female election candidates. This network will target and encourage women to become involved in the party at all levels, and will provide ongoing support for women who wish put their name forward for election.

“We will continue to implement the recommendations made in the Markievicz Commission Report to ensure Fianna Fáil leads the way in encouraging a new generation of women in becoming politically active.”