Labour Women National Conference celebrates high number of women candidates

31 January 2014

Labour Women gathered in the Mansion House for the Labour Women National Conference on Saturday 1st February to celebrate the high numbers of women candidates contesting the forthcoming Local Elections for the party in May. 

'We’re just 17 weeks away from the local and European elections and Labour Women is delighted to see so many women candidates coming forward to run for Labour. Currently, with 43 women candidates selected that means just over 30% of all Labour candidates selected for the local elections are women.  Eight of these are first time candidates and we are thrilled to have so many young women putting themselves forward for the party.” said Sinead Ahern, Chair of Labour Women.

“We are fortunate in the Labour Party to have politicians who are progressive, and who are genuinely committed to getting more women into politics.  There are many complexities as to why women in Ireland lag so much behind other countries in terms of political representation.  That’s why Labour Women runs a series of supports for our women candidates such as training, fundraising support and getting out knocking on the doors with our women.  The Labour Party has a strong track record of selecting women candidates to run for election but for us it’s not just about hitting a quota, it’s about selecting women to run in areas where they can win a seat.” Ahern concluded.

This year Labour Women members are debating motions dealing with childcare, reproductive and maternity rights, the release of adoption records and supports for women in politics.  An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD will address the Conference at 12.45pm. Minister Joan Burton will be awarding the inaugural Rosie Hackett Award to the Dunnes Stores strikers in the afternoon. 

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