Fianna Fáil Councillor and Dublin Bay North General Election Candidate, Deirdre Heney has said women have achieved major sporting success as of late but the push for greater gender representation in Irish sport is not over.

Cllr Heney was commenting this week after presenting trophies to the winners at the Irish International Women’s Snooker Open which was held in Harmonstown, North Dublin.

She said, “I was so pleased to have the opportunity this week to see first-hand the calibre of talent that there is in women’s snooker.

“All those involved in the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association hosting the tournament in Harmonstown are to be congratulated for their efforts and achievements in the sport to date.

“There are still too many talented women and young girls across Dublin and elsewhere in the country that have difficulty accessing equality of opportunity in sport or indeed excelling in sport.

“I am calling on Minister Shane Ross to ensure that every effort is made to allocate equal proportions of funding across Irish sport irrespective of gender.

“The media also have a significant role to play in ensuring that a strong level of coverage is given to women’s sport and maintained all year round.

“There are huge numbers of women involved in sport in Dublin be it with the GAA, local tennis, boxing or football club but we can definitely boost female representation and achieve a greater balance overall.”