Fianna Fáil Senator, Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that while much progress has been reached in fulfilling gender equality in the workplace in Ireland over recent decades,

The Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Justice recently founded the first Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Workplace Equality in conjunction with Sonya Lennon.

Malahide native, Sonya, is founder of Dress for Success Dublin whose aim is to promote economic independence of women in Ireland, is also a well-known broadcaster and entrepreneur.

Speaking following the group’s first meeting last week, Senator Clifford-Lee said, “There are inspirational women right across Ireland rising to the top of their respective fields in theatre, the arts, public life and business among others.

“The promotion of women’s rights and gender equality are two of the core values that spurred by interest in politics from a young age and subsequently influenced me to run for elected office.

“Achieving full gender equality at work is about warranting decency and respect. It is my belief that this is best achieved by working together in a co-ordinated group.

“Our primary aim is to break down the obvious barriers and move Irish women closer to equality in employment by confronting workplace and societal norms.

“It’s rather incomprehensible that in such a modern age, gender inequality could still thrive in our society. Women continue to be discriminated under the current pensions system and the anomaly has not been satisfactorily addressed. This is just one of the matters that our cross-party group will be challenging.

“The State has a substantial roll to play to leading the way in ending gender discrimination in this country.

She concluded, “I look forward to our group facilitating more opportunities to take on overcoming gender issues in the workplace and in wider society”