Wexford women urged to run in next general election

By Esther Hayden

Published 21/07/2015 | 00:00

Tanaiste Joan Burton will be the guest speaker.
Tanaiste Joan Burton will be the guest speaker.

Women only accounted for four per cent of candidates in Wexford in the 2011 general election according to Women for Election Director of Operations and Campaigns Suzanne Collins as she urged more Wexford women to get equipped for the general election.

Speaking about the opportunities for women in Wexford who want to contest the general election or manage a campaign, Suzanne Collins said,'With only two candidates officially selected in Wexford both of whom are male, Women for Election are hopeful that a number of female candidates will emerge. In 2011, 13 candidates ran in Wexford, with only one woman on the ticket, meaning that Wexford only had 4 per cent of female candidates. Women for Election are hopeful that Wexford will have a more balanced ticket for the next general election.

'Any women who are considering running for election in Wexford or who are intending to run campaigns would enhance their chances by taking part in EQUIP 2015, Ireland's first and only non-partisan three-day residential campaign school.

'Election campaigns, whether you are a candidate or campaign manager are detailed, intricate, pressured and multifaceted. There are numerous factors that must be considered and almost a limitless amount of things that can go wrong and scupper a campaign.

'This is why EQUIP has been tailored to meet, not only the specific challenges that women face but the unique challenges of a national election campaign.

'We have an exciting group of trainers and speakers for EQUIP 2015. We are delighted to welcome Nan Sloan of the Centre for Women and Democracy who will outline the reality of the choice the women are making and what the choice will entail. A panel including Martin Mackin of Q4 and Frank Flannery will discuss how best to navigate your party and your constituency.

'Our campaigns expert Cathal Lee will take participants through campaign strategy and effective vote targeting. We will also have broadcast interview training with Orlaith Carmody of Mediatraining.ie and crisis management techniques with Gerry Naughton of Drury Porter Novelli. Irish Times columnist and political commentator Noel Whelan will brief participants on polling and what the numbers might mean for them. More trainers and speakers will be announced shortly.

'A number of high profile female politicians will be on hand to share their experiences, insights and advice including former PD Party Leader, Minister and Tánaiste, Mary Harney. The Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD will be our guest speaker at the Gala Dinner on Monday night.

' We would encourage any potential candidates or campaign managers from Wexford who might be suitable or interested to contact us at equip@womenforelection.ie.'

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