Town councillor Maria Doyle attends Women for Election conference in Dublin

Gene Yore

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Gene Yore

Councillor Doyle believes that with the support of their families more women can enter politics at a local and national level

Councillor Doyle believes that with the support of their families more women can enter politics at a local and national level

Cllr Doyle was speaking after a Women for Election Inspire seninar in Dublin.

“I have two small children under the age of five,” she said, “and I know important family support is.

“At the seminar we discussed practilities and also the need to accommodate women who want to get involved in political movements but who may not necessarily want to stand as candidates.

“But we also looked at ways in increase the number of candidates going forward. Dundalk Town Council has three women out of twelve councillors but the county council only has three women councillors out of a total of 26.

“There is a higher percentage of women in local politics compared with national politics, but we still need a better gender quota.

The guest speaker at the conference was Nancy Rooney, wife of US ambassador Rooney, who spoke about her involvement in American politics. Contact: inspire@womenforelection.ie