Dynamic fearless people – by Deirdre O’Halloran

by Deirdre O’HalloranChair Cork branch of The 50:50 Group…

When asked to offer my immediate reaction to last Thursday’s historic Seanad debate on gender quotas, my first thoughts turned to those people who have campaigned tirelessly for this important legislative change.

Many such as Gemma Hussey, Monica Barnes, Mary Henry & Yvonne Galligan have been campaigning for more than 30 years on this issue.

Our own group has campaigned tirelessly on the issue for over 12 months now.

This campaign would not have withstood the test of time without dynamic fearless people, empowered by each other, to lead & manage other like-minded people towards change.

I sat in my seat in the Seanad gallery, peppering with excitement & anticipation, surrounded by fearless women & men, all dedicated to an overall objective of achieving equal representation in Irish political life.

I listened to the members of the Seanad who supported us so strongly & I thought “gosh, the hard work and dedication is paying off”! 

I do not use the word ‘fearless’ lightly.  I see how fear stifles creativity, but last Thursday we saw creativity & strength of character moving together in a progressive manner.

We have “the profound knowledge” (Deming:1950) that is needed to make the move to equality.  I continue to campaign happily.

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If in or near Cork area, and would like to join The 50:50 Group, please email me at  deirdre@5050-group.com or tweet @foley62 for more information.

How to elect more women – on-line links to the Conference

The Conference took place in Dublin Castle on Friday 20 January 2012.

The purpose of the Conference was to create a catalyst & network of people – so momentum to elect more women in Ireland would advance significantly.

It may help everyone to have a complete set of publicity, reports & commentary – for ‘intelligence’ & building alliances.

These 26 links are not all pro-quotas.  They include links from blogposts critical of the introduction of candidate selection quotas.

But they are mainly supportive of the Gender Quota Bill.

The source of these links was Google Search on Sunday 22 January.

If you know of other links, please send them via Comments – they will be added to the list, so that we have a comprehensive & authoritative  list.

Links for #howtoelectmorewomen :
(1) http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0121/1224310575402.html by Mary Minihan
(2) http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0120/politics.html from RTE News/Ireland
(3) http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2012/0120/1224310515343.html by Kathleen Lynch
(4) http://www.independent.ie/national-news/no-wonder-endas-flamin-gaffe-makes-people-see-red-2996241.html by Carol Hunt @carolmhunt
(5) http://www.build.ie/national_news.asp?newsid=138663 from Build.ie
(6) http://www.joe.ie/news-politics/current-affairs/taoiseach-really-wants-more-babes-in-the-dail-0019829-1from Joe.ie
(7) http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-system-has-failed-to-provide-higher-number-of-women-tds-taoiseach-332522-Jan2012/ from Journal.ie
(8) http://www.independent.ie/national-news/women-see-red-at-kenny-gaffe-2995803.html from Irish Independent: Fionnan Sheahan, Barry Duggan and Edel O’Connell
(9) http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2012/01/address-by-an-taoiseach-mr-enda-kenny-t-d-to-the-conference-how-to-elect-more-women-in-dublin-castle-conference-centre/?cat=11 from MerrionStreet.ie – Irish Government News Service
(10) http://www.ambafrance-ie.org/How-to-elect-more-women from France in Ireland – Embassy of France in Dublin
(11) http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/20120117- – POLITICS%20CONFERENCE%20PROGRAMME%20REV.pdf/Files/20120117-POLITICS%20CONFERENCE%20PROGRAMME%20REV.pdf  – the Draft Conference Programme
(12) http://www.nwci.ie/news/2012/01/10/nwci-ceo-to-speak-at-how-to-elect-more-women-confe/ from National Women’s Council of Ireland @nwci
(13) http://corkfeminista.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/guest-post-olivias-offside-offence/ @corkfeminista@chrisinCork – by Christine Allen
(14) http://tap.ie/node/150 from Tolka Area Partnership
(15) http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/132705383918851873.html from Irish Labour Party @ivanabacik – Senator Ivana Bacik
(16)http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Government_Press_Office/Taoiseach’s_Speeches_2012/Address_by_An_Taoiseach_Mr_Enda_Kenny_T_D_to_the_conference_How_to_Elect_More_Women_in_Dublin_Castle_Conference_Centre,.html from Department of the Taoiseach
(17) http://www.wrda.net/events.aspx#ElectWomen from Women’s Resource & Development Area@wslobbyist
(18) http://corkpolitics.ie/wp/?p=9118 from Editor CorkPolitics.ie
(19)  http://www.worldirish.com/listening-post/view/howtoelectmorewomen-gets-irish-people-tweeting-413 from WorldIrish.com Della Kilroy
(20) http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/kfidausncwsn/ from IrishExaminer.com Caroline O’Doherty
(21) http://corkindependent.com/blog/women-as-leaders/ from Cork Independent @corkindo by Cork Feminista @corkfeminista
(22) http://www.ivanabacik.com/archives/634 Ivana Bacik blog
(23) http://www.theweddingplannerireland.ie/wedding_news.asp?newsid=138663 from TheWeddingPlannerIreland.ie
(24) http://www.4ie.ie/irish_news.asp?id=138663 from Irish News
(25) http://www.ichn.ie/events/2012/01/20/how_to_elect_more_women__conference/ from Institute of Community Health Nursing
(26) http://colouringshadows.blogspot.com/2012/01/olivias-offside-offence.html from Colouring Shadows blog by Christine Allen
(27)  http://www.fiannafail.ie/news/entry/7806/#.TxmMTSwPPdw.twitter – Fianna Fail Party by Micheal Martin
(28) http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/column-there-are-barriers-to-women-participating-in-politics/?utm_source=shortlink from Journal.ie by Claire McGing @claire_mcging
(29)  http://www.finegael.ie/latest-news/2012/01/20/parties-should-adopt-proposed-new-gender-quotas-for-local-elections-%E2%80%93-corcoran-kennedy/ from Fine Gael by Sarah Meade on Laois/Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
(30)  http://www.finegael.ie/latest-news/2012/01/20/statutory-maternity-leave-should-be-introduced-for-female-politicians-doherty/ from Fine Gael by Sarah Meade on Meath East TD, Regina Doherty
(31)  http://www.thejournal.ie/gender-quotas-welcome-but-token-women-candidates-wont-work-333263-Jan2012/ from TheJournal.ie

(32) http://barbarascully.blogspot.com/2012/01/are-we-up-for-challenge-sisters.html blogpost by Barbara Scully @barbarascully at “From My Kitchen Table

(33) http://www.womenforelection.ie/blog/120-how-to-elect-more-women-ask-them-to-run  blogpost from Women for Election @women4election by Niamh Gallagher

(34) http://passlevelpolitics.blogspot.com/2012/01/gender-quotas.html?m=1 Blogpost on “Pass Level Politics” by Dermot Frost @astarmain

(35) http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/2012/01/ireland-to-debate-quotas-for-women-at-next-election/ from “Women’s Views on News” by Alison Clarke

(36) http://mammisammi.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/a-scene-from-the-national-ballroom-circa-1965/ blogpost by @Mammisammi