More women
needed in
political life

More women
needed in
political life
Cllr Jennifer Green of Sinn Fein has just stepped down from the chair of Dundalk Town Council.

Cllr Jennifer Green of Sinn Fein has just stepped down from the chair of Dundalk Town Council.

She was one of the youngest chairman, or cathaoirleach, as she preferred to be addressed, to hold the office and at last week’s agm received high praise from fellow councillors and officials for her considerable expertise.

As she stepped down, she said she hoped to see more women become involved in political life.

And this was a view expressed by her fellow councilors Marianne Butler of the Green Party and Fine Gael’s Maria Doyle.

Marianne Butler preceded Cllr Green as council cathaoirleach and Cllr Doyle has made a huge contribution to council debate since she was co-opted.

However, there are still only three women on the town council and three on the county council.

Next year will see the total number of councillors in the county reduced to 29 so the appeal for more women to stand for election is apt.

The reform of local government seems to be aimed at reducing the number of councillors but their was nothing in the report about more women in politics.