Dáil debates

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Deputy for the work she has done on this matter. I share the objectives of the Private Members' Bill, namely, the Irish Corporate Governance (Gender Balance) Bill 2021, which is designed to increase the participation of women at the highest levels in the corporate world. I look forward to meeting with the Deputy on the Bill and having it debated in this House in due course.

As the Deputy acknowledged, we are now up to 30% female directors on ISEC companies. We are moving up the EU league table in that regard. It is not enough, however. There are still five all-male boards of listed companies and it is still the case that 34% of listed companies have no females on their senior leadership teams. That is not acceptable and needs to change.


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