Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: Discussion
I welcome the witnesses, especially Liz McManus who was a friend and colleague for many years in the Labour Party and a person from whom I often sought advice. The advice was always forthcoming. I greatly appreciate her time and dedication to the party and to anything I ever asked her.
I notice when I am asked to address a school by teachers that it is mostly girls who ask questions. They are vibrant in terms of what they want to know about the political scene. They are very conscious of what is going on compared to some of the boys in the class. That is especially evident in a co-educational school. The big question is what happens after that. I am often amazed that we find it so difficult to get women to participate in politics. The local elections are a prime example of the difficulty in getting women to participate. Recently in Tallaght, our candidate was blackguarded by people who should know better. Such an affront-----