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McLellan calls for greater support for female candidates at 50:50 event

26 November, 2013

Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan has said that there is a need to tackle the political culture in Ireland in order to ensure that more women are elected to the Dáil.
The Cork East TD was speaking at an event organised by the 50:50 Campaign Group, which aims to increase the level of female TDs in the Dáil. The event, entitled 'Tales and Tips for the Campaign Trail', had as its aim to provide tips and advice for prospective female election candidates.
Deputy McLellan said:
“The lack of women in public life in Ireland means that we lose an awful lot of perspective on the situations of women, their experiences, and their backgrounds. Women are far more likely to be in proximity to poverty and more likely to be a carer. In making policies in this area, we lost that perspective.
“We are not seeking special pleading, we have no more to offer than men, but certainly no less either, and we should not accept a lesser role. Our parliament needs to be representative, because it should reflect our society, and their experiences.”
“The introduction of Gender Quotas is welcome. It has been proven to be effective in other Countries. However, it is no silver bullet and we need to do more.”
“Funding, child care and unsocial hours have already been signalled by women as barriers to their engagement in politics which must be addressed.”
“In particular, I think we really need to tackle the cost of Childcare, which is outrageous and unaffordable for many would-be candidates.”

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