An analysis of next month’s Local election candidates shows women make up just 20% of candidates in Tipp for the local elections.
This figure is just below the national average of 22% but remains significantly below the 30% quota which will come into effect at the next General Election.
Nationally, improvements in the number of female candidates have very much been Leinster led, with Dublin blazing a trail with women making up more than one in every three candidates (33%) in the capital.
There is also a wide disparity between the number of women representing left wing and centre right political parties. People before Profit has stormed ahead with women making up 40% of all their hopefuls compared to Fianna Fáil who have just 17% women on the ticket.
Key Findings of the Women for Election study include;
*Clonmel has the highest percentage of women on the ticket with 37% (7 ladies) while the Cashel/Tipp (1 lady)constituency has the lowest at just 8.3%.
*Nenagh and Templemore/Thurles both have 15% ( 3 candidates), while Carrick-on-Suir has 25% ( 3 candidates).
* Nationally left wing parties including People before Profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance, Sinn Féin and Labour all exceed the 30% target of women candidates while both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil fall short
· Nationally there is a significant urban rural divide. 30% of candidates in urban areas are women compared to 20% in rural areas.
Commenting on the figures Michelle O’Donnell Keating, Co-founder of Women for Election said, “I am delighted to see that there is more women standing for election in Tipperary than in 2009. Clonmel in particular is way ahead of the national average. Looking at the broader picture, these results also show that the traditionally larger political parties will have an uphill struggle to meet the mandatory 30% quota when it comes into force at the next General Election”.