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IRISH DÁIL ELECTION 2002
nominations for the Dáil election have now closed and we can
see that the gains made by women candidates at the last two elections
have now stalled. Most parties have fewer women candidates than in 1997
and a similar number to those fielded in 1992. As in past elections
Labour and the Progressive Democrats have the highest proportion of
women among the main parties (11 out of 46 and 6 out 20, respectively),
followed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil (15 out of 85 and 13 out
of 106). Table 1 below gives a gender breakdown of
each party's candidates for this election, while Table
2 shows the figures for the previous two elections.
In addition to the incumbents there are five non-incumbent women running for Fianna Fáil, six for Labour, and ten for Fine Gael. However these include seven women senators and seven former women TDs hoping to return to the Dáil at this election (four from Labour, two from Fine Gael and one Fianna Fáil candidate). Among the independents and small parties currently unrepresented in the Dáil there are 21 women candidates out of 134. Marian Harkin in Sligo-Leitrim and Mildred Fox, seeking a second term in Wicklow, are strong independent contenders.
A table of all women candidates can be seen on this page.
* Independent Barbara
Hyland is contesting two seats, Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow.
* Excludes independents
and other minor party candidates.
Information on the
current election comes from the Irish Times, 6 May 2002. Information
on previous elections comes from Nealon's Guide to the 27th Dail and
Seanad (1993) and Nealon's Guide to the 28th Dail and Seanad (1998),
both edited by Ted Nealon; Howe Ireland Voted 1997, edited by Michael
Marsh and Paul Mitchell (1999); and Contesting Politics, by Yvonne
Galligan, Eilís Ward and Rick Wilford (1999).
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