In 2019 of the 37 County Councillors in Donegal only 3 are women, that’s a 8.1% representation, the highest it’s ever been. At the national political level two women since 1918 have ever represented Donegal in Dáil Éireann. We need change.
This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is ‘Balance for Better’, it is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. While also asking people how will you help make a difference?
In honour of this day NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network in association with 50:50 North West invite you to come Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with us on Thursday 7th March in Donegal central library, Letterkenny 10am-1pm.
We’ll be discussing equal representation, chatting to female County Councillors and to women who will be running in the upcoming May Local Elections. We’ll also be joined by Historian Dr Angela Byrne who will be talking about the first woman in Donegal to be Elected as a councillor.
This will be an interactive and informative event, refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.
For more information you can contact NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 074 9722790
NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network as a member of the 5050 Group North West carried out a questionnaire survey in order to collected general election candidates views on equal representation in politics, we received 15 responses with 11 full responses. Please click on a candidates picture to read their response:
Donegal Candidates who responded to the 5050 North West questionnaire
Donegal Candidates who confirmed their support for 5050 and/or equal representation
Paddy Harte, Fine Gael; stated “Once elected, I will do my best to support your cause”
Niamh Kennedy, Independent; stated “of course she supports equal representation”
Sligo-Leitrim Candidates who responded to the 5050 North West questionnaire
Sligo-Leitrim Candidates who confirmed their support for 5050 and/or equal representation
Susan O’Keeffe, Labour; stated “as a founder of 5050 North West of course she supports the group and women equal” representation.
Bernard Sweeney, Independent; stated “he supports 5050 and has written about this issue on his website”
Please join NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network, on Wednesday 25th Nov from 7-9pm in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, for a free talking history event highlighting the often forgotten role that women played in the 1916 Rising and the struggle for women’s equality.
With Guest Speakers: Dr. Mary Mc Auliffe, Women’s Studies Department UCD & Local Historian Helen Meehan
This event is free and open to everyone so please come along and join us
For any enquires please contact the Donegal Women’s Network on