Promote Gender Equality.
Support Women in Politics.
Create a More Equal Ireland.
The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women´s rights at a national level. All women members of the Party are automatically members of the Women’s Network. The Network has its own Officer Board which is elected by full voting members of the Network. The role of the Officer Board is to guide the work of the Network, to influence Party policy and to promote the involvement of women within the overall organisation.
The work of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network is driven by the executive with the assistance of the Party’s Equality Officer.
Deputy Niamh Smyth is currently serving her first term as a TD for the Cavan-Monaghan Constituency in Dáil Éireann after being elected on her first time running in February 2016. She has since been appointed to the Frontbench as Spokesperson for Arts and Heritage.
Niamh is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design and is a qualified secondary school teacher. Prior to her election as a teachta dála, Niamh was an elected member on Cavan County Council for two terms and in her last local election she topped the poll with 1800 votes in County Cavan.
Niamh is President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network since 2015 and runs regular events at Leinster House and Nationally as part of her role.
Christabelle Feeney is the National Equality Officer for the Party, based in Fianna Fáil Headquarters. Christabelle works with members and the Party’s Public Representatives in undertaking initiatives to increase the number of women involved in the Party at all levels as well as identify and support women candidates in elections.
Along with the Networks’ Officer Board, Christabelle has facilitated training days for members of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network in addition to various other national events.
The work of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network is multi-faceted:
Organise national and regional networking events and specific annual events for Women’s Day.
The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network runs policy conferences.
Give women an opportunity to come together to exchange views, discuss common concerns and develop supportive networks within the party.
Support the constituency units of the party in organising specific women focused events.
Encourage women to put themselves forward for leadership positions within the general party organization and for selection as area representatives and election candidates.
Help to attract new female members.
Encourage women to be actively involved in the mainstream party structures and not just in the Women’s Network.
Foster links with other national and regional groups that have significant numbers of female members and activists.
Work with party staff to ensure that training is provided for aspirant and selected female candidates and area representatives.
Help female candidates to build their campaign teams.
Interact with the women’s networks in our ALDE sister parties across Europe.
Play a strong role in organisations aimed at securing greater female participation in political life.
All female members of the party are automatically members of the Women’s Network. The Women’s Network will be run by the executive.
While the National Women’s Network will provide significant extra supports for women, the promotion of gender equality is the responsibility of all units of the organisation. All units must play their part in securing greater equality and not leave it to the Women’s Network.
Every CDC should run at least one event each year aimed at female members. It should also avail of the opportunity to invite non-members, such as women involved in local community groups, to attend such events.
The National Women’s Network will provide advice to CDCs on running events aimed at women. The National Women’s Network will also run regular regional and national events.
Phone: 01 676 1551