No woman's touch to election this year

THERE are not enough women TDs in Dail Eireann. In fact, we have one of the lowest number in Europe.

THERE are not enough women TDs in Dail Eireann. In fact, we have one of the lowest number in Europe.

Louth did try to get its first woman Dil deputy elected the last time out, but the bid failed.

Mairead McGuinness was tipped to take Seamus Kirk's seat, but the early tallies in the 2007 election revealed that this was not going to happen.

Kirk topped the poll and by the early afternoon McGuinness was looking at defeat. She ended up coming in fourth and runner-up to Arthur Morgan who took the fourth and last seat.

Her final tally was 8,847. Morgan took the last seat with 10,556.

The Fine Gael vote increased but not enough for us to have Louth's first woman Dil deputy.

Dolores Minogue is new to politics. In 2009 she was elected to Ardee Town Council representing Fine Gael. So would she consider running for the big prize?

"I was asked to put my name forward for a nomination," said Dolores, "But I just don't think I have the experience yet.

"But I'd love to see somebody represent the centre of the county, because I feel that sometimes we just get left out. Maybe there is a need to look at the bigger picture and the county as a whole.

"I would have no problem with that.

"The issues are the same: health, education, jobs. These are the things that matter. Not who is to blame for things going wrong."

Another strong public representative in the county is Sinn Fein's Imelda Munster.

She is not running in this election, but would she consider going for the Dail?

"It's true," she said. "There are not enough women in the Dail.

"At the end of the day, it's really up to women themselves, but trying to look after a family and lead a public life is difficult.

"Women do have more to cope with."