On Monday March 8th a motion was passed to establish a Women’s Caucus by South Dublin County Council. The motion was brought to the floor by Cllr Emma Murphy (FF- Firhouse Bohernabreena).
Cllr Murphy commented “Ironically the motion has been on the agenda since November but was finally reached on March 8th which is International Women’s Day. I was delighted to finally bring the motion to the floor and the sentiment of the day was well recognised by my colleagues. I brought the motion forward to have an apolitical group at Council level for elected members of the Council past and present to come together to focus on the barriers and challenges faced by women in elected office. I was disappointed that the motion wasn’t unanimous. The motion received support from colleagues from all parties and Independents, male and female, except from members of the Solidarity RISE who I think missed the point of the collaborative apolitical nature of the motion and used the forum for political grandstanding. I am looking forward to getting started with colleagues on the caucus and working to empower and entice more women into political life.”