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Women’s Manifesto

Screenshot 2019-05-08 at 15.44.02Where do our Election Candidates stand on women’s rights?

Women’s Lived Experience must be heard & acknowledged by the Local Election and European Parliament candidates running in the up coming elections on 24th May.

NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network is 1 of 17 National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks projects in Ireland checkout our ‘Women’s Manifesto’ key issues identified as impacting women’s lives, it can be downloaded here ‘NCCWN Manifesto May 2019′. 

Why not ask your local election candidates where they stand on these issues.

Where do Donegal Councillors Stand on issues of Equality and Social Inclusion?

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Where do the 37 Donegal County Councillors stand on issues relating to Childcare, Cuts to Carers, Domestic Abuse + Violence Against Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Travellers, Women’s Political Representation and Equality within our society?

In early 2014, The National Women’s Collective- Donegal Women’s Network held a number of meetings to hear and collect what are the main issues locally and nationally for women in Donegal. Some of the issues discussed and debated were the lack of women’s representation, lack of local training and employment issues, cuts to home helps and services for the older person and people with disabilities, domestic abuse, lack of transport and accessible affordable community child-care. These meetings were supported by Longford Women’s Manifesto Project.

Following on from these meetings a questionnaire was designed by Network and an “Open Invitation” was sent out to the Donegal Councillors.

To-date the responses we have received have been insightful and we are delighted that all of the councillors who responded stated that they would work towards upholding and promoting the ethos of social inclusion, equality and human rights. Those who responded all agreed that gender equality is a fundamental principle underpinning the concept of social justice, and human and civil rights in Ireland.  And they further All pledged to sign up to the MAN UP campaign and to undertake a half day workshop on domestic violence in 2014 that would be delivered by Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service.

To read your local councillors full responses to our questions please click on their picture and you will be taken to their individual response. 


Donegal Electoral Area

Respondents 

  

As of 03/09/14 STILL WAITING to hear from these Councillors 

Barry O'Neill  Photo Clive  Wasson Noel Jordan Sean McEniff


Glenties Electoral Area

Respondents 

Marie Therese Gallagher  John Sheamais OFearraigh

As of 03/09/14 STILL WAITING to hear from these Councillors 

Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easpaig Terence slowey, sloweyt@eircom.net  Photo Clive Wasson Enda Bonner Seamus O Domhnaill


Inishowen Electoral Area

Respondents

Albert Doherty CiaranMcLaughlin 

 

As of 03/09/14 STILL WAITING to hear from these Councillors 

B McGuinness, mcguinnessbernard@gmail.com.  Photo Clive Wasson John Ryan Martin Farren Martin McDermott Nicholas Crossan Paul Canning Rena Donaghey


Letterkenny Electoral Area 

Respondents 

Jimmy Kavanagh gerry mcm Mick Quinn

As of 03/09/14 STILL WAITING to hear from these Councillors 

Ciaran Brogan - ciaran.brogan@donegalcoco.ie,   Photo Clive Wasson Cllr Ian Mc Garvey Dessie Shiels jamespatmcdaid@gmail.com, Photo Clive Wasson John O' Donnell Liam Blaney Michael McBride


Stranorlar Electoral Area

Respondents

Gary Doherty  

As of 03/09/14 STILL WAITING to hear from these Councillors 

Gerry Crawford Liam Doherty FG Martin Harley. marty.harley@hotmail.com  Photo Clive Wasson Patrick McGowan


Brought to you by the Donegal team at The National Women’s Collective Donegal Women’s Network.

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Have your say: Invitation to attend the NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network Manifesto Meeting

Are you concerned about the issues effecting your community in Donegal?

Local and EU elections are happening on Friday 23rd May, and in the run up to these elections NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network are holding a meeting on Wednesday 23rd April @11am to discuss the issues the network have found which has lead to the creation of the NCCWN Women’s Manifesto, but this is also an opportunity for members of the community to come together and discuss how we can address these local issues.

All are welcome please also share this invitation with family and friends.

Many thanks

For further details contact:

Telephone (074) 972 2790Email finbrennan@eircom.net or donwomnet@eircom.net

 

The 5050 North West Group Letter to Editor of Donegal Democrat

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Dear Editor,

A number of representatives of the North West 5050 group attended the February County Council meeting in Lifford.  5050 is a single national advocacy group dedicated to achieving equal representation in Irish politics. We were welcomed by the Mayor and found the morning both informative and interesting.

However we came away disappointed at the ‘carry on’ of a number of Councillors and aghast that the business of the day can so easily be hijacked by individual posturing and aggressive behaviour.

As ‘Democracy’ was a much mentioned term within the chamber I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following:

“Equality of representation between women and men is a pre-requisite to participative

democracy.  In its absence, the needs and priorities of one section of the population continue

to be ‘represented’ by another.”

[“Balances along the Border” Marie Crawley & Louise O Meara]

It is very disappointing we only have 6 female candidates selected to date for County Donegal in the Local Elections, with currently only 2 female candidates out of 29 in Donegal County Council.  According to Dr Adrian Kavanagh’s (Maynooth College) to date there are only 358 females selected or declared nationally (23.1 %),   so we have a long way to go to attain a participative democracy.

The question remains, what are the parties doing to encourage and support female candidates? Many parties have Equality Policies which look good on paper.  What obviously seems to be lacking is the will or the way to implement a fair deal for women.

Yours sincerely,

Finola Brennan,

5050 North West Group
NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network
6 Tir Chonaill Street
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal
 
T:  074 9722790
E:  donwoment@eircom.net