Next Thursday, 15th November, in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon from 7 pm, local women are invited to question, debate and discuss at a free event, ‘Smashing the Status Quo’
Female TDs and Councillors from the Roscommon, Longford, and Westmeath will share information about their journeys into politics. The event is a joint initiative of the Roscommon Women’s Network newest group, the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group (RWMG) and Longford Women’s Manifesto Group. Both groups aim to help women become more politically aware.
The evening, which promises insight and entertainment, will be compered by Roscommon Herald editor, Christina McHugh. On the panel will be former Westmeath TD, Mary O’Rourke, who was the only female Minister in Charlie Haughey’s 1987 cabinet and has spoken openly about having to deal with boyish behaviour through-out her career. Senators Maura Hopkins and Gabrielle McFadden will also be joined by Councillors: Orla Leyden, Valerie Byrne, Kathleen Shanagher, as well as Nora Fahy and Claire Kirrane.
Maria Harris, Development Worker with Roscommon Women’s Network and a member of the RWMG, has led the organisation of the event. Speaking about how the idea for the event came about, she said: “We wanted to host an event that was free to all women to attend and gain a real insight into these women’s lives in politics. It’s the aim of the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group to educate, encourage, and empower women to seek out opportunities to bring their voice to the decision-making table. It’s over a year since our group’s foundation and being that we’re also celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote this year it seemed fitting that we ask our local representatives to present their journeys, warts and all. We’re delighted they have accepted our invitation and I’m excited to learn from their experiences.”
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