Longford Women’s Link study finds major gender imbalance in local government

The Deputy CEO of Longford Women’s Link says the group would have liked to see gender quotas being brought into local politics in time for next year’s council elections.

Tara Farrell was commenting on the recent publication of research from the Women’s Manifesto Programme which shows a significant gender imbalance in our local government structures.

The Longford Women’s Manifesto group is a flagship project of Longford Women’s Link, and it has studied the make-up of Local Community Development Committees, or LCDC’s, across 11 counties including Longford, Roscommon and Leitrim.

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It shows Leitrim with the best gender balance on its LCDC at 33%, Longford comes in with 33% female representation on the Local Community Development Committee, and Roscommon was found to have 26%.

Tara Farrell says that the next step should be to bring gender quotas into play for local elections…