Political parties are “not doing half enough” to attract women and gay men into politics, says Ceann Comhairle

Political parties “are not doing half enough” to attract more women, gay men and people of all backgrounds to politics, said Dáil leader Seán Ó Fearghaíl.

r Ó Fearghaíl was speaking at a symposium he organized at Dublin Castle to stimulate debate on expanding involvement in Irish politics beyond those currently engaged.

The Kildare South TD stressed the need to involve more ‘new Irish’ people, gay people, women and travellers, among others.

The meeting brought together a broad group involved in local and national politics, community activism, lobbying and advocacy. Speakers included people involved in all of these activities in Ireland and abroad.

Ennistymon Fine Gael Senator Co Clare told the meeting that he has vision problems and that he believes far more can be done to encourage people like him – and those who suffer from hearing impairments – to better themselves to participate in public life.

The symposium looked at three distinct areas that Ceann Comhairle says can make a political career more inclusive, attractive and accessible, with a focus on diversity in 21st-century Ireland; the interests of young people; and the participation of women in the parliamentary community.

“One of my priorities as Ceann Comhairle is to make Parliament more attractive and accessible to all of our citizens, by ensuring that the homes of the Oireachtas are a welcoming and supportive environment and a more inclusive, family-friendly and gender-sensitive workplace,” Herr said Ó Fearghaíl said.

He said it was time to consider overall ideas and challenges that could move the parliamentary community forward in the spirit of a common purpose.

“Because of its membership of the EU and an open-minded approach to the phenomenon of economic and political migration in the 21st century, Ireland has become a truly multicultural place and a more equal society and all the stronger,” he added.

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