Dáil debates

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Emer HigginsEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Ceann Comhairle and all the staff for their support and patience this year and wish everybody a very merry Christmas.

This week, Balance for Better Business reported that the target of 30% female representation on boards in our 20 most successful listed companies has not just been achieved but has actually been surpassed. That is a huge achievement. As the Tánaiste knows, I came to the Dáil from the corporate world and it is my firm belief that this progress needs to be replicated in all companies across Ireland.

Earlier this year, I tabled a Bill in collaboration with the National Women's Council of Ireland that would require gender quotas at boardroom level for all Irish companies. This is a recommendation from the Citizens' Assembly on gender equality and it would be the quickest way to get to a point where business is a more diverse and inclusive space. Will the Tánaiste, as Minister responsible for enterprise, lead with me on this important issue?


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