Inspirational Conference Encourages Women to Work Together
“Women make up 50% of the Irish population and if we truly work together, what a formidable and powerful force we could be.” The words of the late Labour TD Maureen O’Carroll, relayed by her daughter Eilish at the recent Women in Politics Conference, gave the audience plenty of food for thought on April 28th […]
“Women make up 50% of the Irish population and if we truly work together, what a formidable and powerful force we could be.”
The words of the late Labour TD Maureen O’Carroll, relayed by her daughter Eilish at the recent Women in Politics Conference, gave the audience plenty of food for thought on April 28th last.
The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club was the venue for the event, which was organised by the Europe Direct Information Centre in Blanchardstown in tandem with Fingal County Libraries. Almost 200 attendees from all walks of life gathered to hear of the stories, struggles and successes of female politicians; past, present and future.
Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Eithne Loftus officially opened the conference, sharing some of her own experiences, while Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan also offered her view on politics, later acting as MC for a fascinating and engaging panel discussion. Seventeen year old Foróige National Council Member, Mary Vrinceanu, greatly impressed the audience with her impassioned plea for women to speak up. “It’s so important, as a woman, to talk for yourself and not let someone say it for you,” the Leaving Cert student pointed out. “If you have an opinion, you stand up and say it yourself.” TD Ruth Coppinger addressed some of the issues that affect women in Ireland today, while Una Power of Women for Election spoke about the barriers women face in politics.
Fingal County Councillor, Grainne Maguire admitted that, to run for election, one needed to be brave. She also agreed with the words of the late Mrs O’Carroll, which were so eloquently recalled by Eilish, who many recognised as Winnie McGoogan from the ever-popular ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ television series.
“Women will never have equality until women equate women,” Eilish stated. “We need to stop competing with and stop judging each other. We should support and educate and share our knowledge, create opportunities and open doors for each other.”
By Aoife Carberry, Blanchardstown Library, Fingal County Libraries
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