‘They have scraped to reach the quota’: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s woman problem

The pace of cultural change in the two biggest political parties remains ‘glacially slow’ even though, for the first time, there is at least one woman running in every constituency

26th January, 2020
‘They have scraped to reach the quota’: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s woman problem
When Jan O‘Sullivan was elected in the 1998 by-election, she was the first woman TD in Limerick since 1921. Picture: Arthur Ellis

The robust, and often heated, debate in recent years about the need for gender quotas seems to have been won. Female candidates who spoke with the Business Post said that not one person had mentioned the existence of the quota during Election 2020 campaigning.

The same women also said they felt more accepted as candidates and believed that the electorate now considered women more natural and normal in the political landscape than has been...

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