Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Clare Rita Mc Inerney is calling on more women to get involved in public life.  She made the call ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday, the 8th of March 2019.

“It is extremely important that we have more women involved in politics and public life in general to create a better gender balance in our communities”, said Mc Inerney.

“There is no reason why more women would not be elected to office, if they were encouraged to do so and increased female representation would bring about greater equality and promotion of policies that affect all of us.

“In the past, many women who got involved in politics did so because there was a family connection or tradition of public representation. However, in more recent times in County Clare alone, women like Clare Colleran-Molloy and Ann Norton were elected without any previous political connection, becoming sources of great inspiration to us all.  They’re success has proved to be a hugely positive step forward.

“The 2019 International Women’s Day marks 100 years since women earned the right to vote in Ireland, making us one of the first countries in the world to do so. Ireland had one of the first ever female government ministers in Countess Markievicz. Unfortunately, progress after 1919 has been slow – up until 2016 only 16% of elected TDs in the Dáil were female.

“The introduction of gender quota in the last General Election was an important step in jump-starting representation of women and increasing the number of women elected at national level – bringing it up to 22%.

“Having balance in our public life is vitally important to ensure a just and fair society. I believe strongly that everyone should have equality of opportunity to fulfil their ambitions and increasing the number of women in politics would be a major step forward”, concluded McInerney.