Amid efforts to increase the number of female councillors in the next election, over €150,000 will be given to political parties and independent councillors to tackle the issue.
The total amount of funding that will be allocated is €150,274, which is substantially more in comparison to previous years.
A number of activities will receive funding, including the hosting of women’s conferences, employing dedicated gender-diverse staff within parties, hosting policy and training workshops, as well as both in-person and online recruitment campaigns.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government stated that a common theme amongst political parties “was that increased funding was required to ensure more effective and tangible outcomes”.
The statement added, “All projects will help to increase the pipeline of female candidates through various activities such as recruitment, capacity building, training, networking and providing support to potential candidates and female party members.”
In relation to the funding, Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke stated, “It is imperative that we achieve a more gender-balanced political system.”
“As such, the political parties involved in the scheme have been asked to clearly set out a strategic timeline over the next three years as to how they will support and prepare female candidates to run in the local elections in 2024. We have seen in the General Election that when you have more females on the ballot, you have more females elected.”