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General Election 2016 has been a historic one for women

Check out these stats!

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GE16 has been a historic election for women: Check out these figures!

  • 35 women elected as Members of the 32nd Dáil;  1 in 5 TDs are women
  • 19 are first time TDs
  • 26% of first preference votes were cast for women (over half a million votes – 533,092)
  • 61% of first preference votes were cast for women in Dún Laoghaire (highest)
  • 100th woman elected to the Dáil Éireann (Maria Bailey Dún Laoghaire)
  • Ireland has risen from 88th in the world to 62nd in terms of female representation in national parliaments
  • 18 of the 35 women TDs will represent Dublin constituencies
  • 3 constituencies elected women for the first time: Louth (Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin, Kildare South (Fiona O’Loughlin, Fianna Fáil), and Cork South West (Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, Fianna Fáil)



  • The percentage of women in the 32nd Dáil has hit a record high as 35 women were elected in GE16. 
  • The general election in 2011 saw 25 women elected. They were joined by two additional women, Ruth Coppinger and Helen McEntee following by-elections. The outgoing Dáil had a record high of 27 women making up 16% of the TDs.
  • With thirty-five women elected to the 32nd Dáil, 22% or one in five TDs are female.
  • The result is even more remarkable given the fact that the Dáil has reduced its seats from 166 to 158 and a number of incumbent female TDs  lost their seats, including Fine Gael’s Áine Collins, Gabrielle McFadden and Michelle Mulherin; the Labour Party’s Anne Ferris, Ann Phelan, Kathleen Lynch, Joanna Tuffy and Ciara Conway; and RENUA Ireland’s Lucinda Creighton. Of these nine women, five lost their seats to a male candidate. Two other women, Fine Gael’s Olivia Mitchell and Sinn Féin’s Sandra McLellan opted not to contest the election.

Thanks to Women for Election for the stats

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Published March 7th, 2016
Last updated March 22nd, 2016
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