General Election 2016 has been a historic one for women
Check out these stats!
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