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Ireland

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Senate

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Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Denis O'Donovan (Male)
Year of birth
1955

Secretary general

Secretary General
Martin Groves (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 31 January 2017.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
18
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
30% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Kathryn Reilly (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
75
Oldest member
Feargal Quinn (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
43
Total per sex
Total of male
41
Total of female
18
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
1
31-40
10
41-45
5
46-50
8
51-60
19
61-70
12
71-80
4
81-90
0
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 1 10 5 8 19 12 4 0 0
Total <= 45: 16 Total >= 46: 43
Male 0 0 6 5 5 12 9 4 0 0 41
Female 0 1 4 0 3 7 3 0 0 0 18
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.69%0%1.69%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger18.64%10.17%8.47%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger27.12%18.64%8.47%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
42
Number of women elected
18
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
30%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Fourteen women were indirectly elected on 25 and 26 April 2016 while four others were appointed by Prime Minister on 27 May.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Indirectly Elected
14
Women Appointed
4

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
42
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
18
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Denis O'Donovan (Male)
Date of election
08.06.2016
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1918
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Women over 30
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Voting age for men 21
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1928
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1918
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
Women over 30
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1928
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1918
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Irish Women’s Parliamentary Caucus
Date of creation
07.2017
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
Every current and previous woman member of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann will be a member of the Women’s Caucus unless she opts out. Caucus website: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/womens-caucus/
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
The mission of the Women’s Caucus is to work purposefully, promoting and supporting women’s participation in politics, nationally and locally; to develop and advocate for legislation, policy and other initiatives that address issues affecting women and society. To advance the agreed agenda of the Caucus within political parties and other spheres of influence
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details
Address
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2, D01 XR20
Ireland
Phone number
+353-016183507