Fianna Fail has welcomed the publication of gender quota legislation by Environment Minister Phil Hogan and stated its intention to publish an amendment to the Bill providing for the implementation of quotas for the 2014 local elections.
Deputy Collins said: “Fianna Fáil has already taken steps to ensure a significant increase in female representation within the party. Fianna Fáil has set up a Taskforce on Increasing Female Participation led by Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power. The group has been tasked by the Party Leader Micheál Martin with developing a strategy to increase the active involvement of women within Fianna Fáil with a view to ultimately seeing more women elected for the party in future elections.
“While Minister Hogan’s legislation will ensure that 30% of candidates are women at the next general election, Fianna Fáil believes it should go further. We will propose that a 30% quota is introduced for the next local elections in 2014. This would make local politics more representative while also increasing the pool of women with experience as public representatives who could run in the next general election. Fianna Fáil intends to ensure that 30% of its candidates at the next local elections are female. All parties should do the same.”