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WOMEN CANDIDATES FOR SEANAD IREANN

The final stage of election 2002 - the election of forty-nine members of Seanad ireann and the appointment by the Taoiseach of an additional eleven - is now underway, with voting to conclude on 17 July. There are 26 women out of a total of 151 candidates, or 17 per cent, slightly less than the 18 per cent of women candidates at the Dil election. Fianna Fil has eight women out of 62 candidates (13 per cent), Fine Gael has nine women out of 40 (23 per cent), and half of Labour's four candidates are women.

All incumbent women senators are seeking re-election, including Helen Keogh, appointed as a Progressive Democrat but now standing for Fine Gael in the Industrial and Commercial panel. Almost one-third of the candidates are incumbents (marked with on Table 2), but the challengers also include some experienced politicians. Three TDs defeated in June (Deirdre Clune, Frances Fitzgerald, and Marian McGennis) and four other unsuccessful Dáil candidates (Nicky McFadden, Sheila Terry, Joanna Tuffy, and Kathy Sinnott) are now contesting the Seanad election.

The current senate has eleven women out of sixty members (listed here), including Mary O'Rourke who was nominated by the Taoiseach after the June election. She is likely to be included among the eleven nominees appointed after the election for a full term.

Table 1: Proportion of women candidates contesting each panel

Panel

Women

Men

% women

Administrative

4

11

27

Agricultural

4

24

14

Cultural & Educational

5

14

26

Industrial & Commercial

4

34

11

Labour

3

19

14

Dublin University (Trinity College)

3

10

23

National University of Ireland

3

13

19

Total

26.

125.

17

Table 2: Women candidates

Name

Panel

Party

Frances Fitzgerald

Administrative

Fine Gael

Nicky McFadden

Administrative

Fine Gael

Marian McGennis

Administrative

Fianna Fil

Joanna Tuffy

Administrative

Labour

Mary Farrell

Agricultural

Fianna Fil

Mary Hoade

Agricultural

Fianna Fil

Bridget Hunt

Agricultural

Fianna Fil

Kathleen O'Meara

Agricultural

Labour

Ellen Dillon

Cultural & Educational

Non-party

Mary Harty

Cultural & Educational

Fine Gael

Helen Ó Murchú

Cultural & Educational

Non-party

Ann Ormonde

Cultural & Educational

Fianna Fil

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Cultural & Educational

Fine Gael

Deirdre Clune

Industrial & Commercial

Fine Gael

Margaret Cox

Industrial & Commercial

Fianna Fil

Mary Jackman

Industrial & Commercial

Fine Gael

Helen Keogh

Industrial & Commercial

Fine Gael

Mary M. White

Industrial & Commercial

Fianna Fil

Geraldine Feeney

Labour

Fianna Fil

Therese Ridge

Labour

Fine Gael

Kathy Sinnott

Labour

Non-party

Sheila Terry

Labour

Fine Gael

Mary A. White

Labour

Green

Ivana Bacik

Dublin University (Trinity College)

Non-party

Mary Henry

Dublin University (Trinity College)

Non-party

Rosaleen McDonough

Dublin University (Trinity College)

Non-party

Valerie Bresnihan

National University of Ireland

Non-party

Linda O'Shea Farren

National University of Ireland

Non-party

Bernadine O' Sullivan

National University of Ireland

Non-party


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