Frank McBrearty GE16 Candidate

Frank McBrearty JrThe 5050 Group in the North West sent out a series of questions relating to women’s equal representation to the 2016 General Election Candidates in Donegal and Sligo-Leitrim.

Below are the questions with the candidate responses.

Donegal 2016 General Election Candidate: Frank McBrearty, Independent




Do you support the 5050 Campaign for equal representation of women and men in Irish Politics?





Please Explain Why


I believe we should have equal representation as everyone needs to have equal rights.


Are you in favour of introducing gender quotas for the 2019 local elections?




Please Explain Why?


I believe we should encourage more women to participate in political life but if we introduce gender quotas and these are not met this will cause problems.


Would you support an’ A Rural Strategy’ to encourage more women to run for the local elections both as independents and party candidates?




Would you support more women to take up leadership positions within your party, such as chairs and national executive members?




What actions will you take within your party or as an Independent to encourage and support increased female participation in politics?


I would encourage any female to participate in politics as it is a worthwhile fulfilling job and we need the views of both male and females.
Would you support actions to make the Dáil more ‘family friendly’ by addressing the working hours, formalising maternity leave and considering other arrangements such as proxy voting and teleconferencing?




Please Explain Why If we want more females to participate in politics then we must make it more family friendly and this would also benefit many male politicians as well. Win, win situation.