Kildare TD travels to Sligo as part of celebrations to mark centenary of women gaining the right to vote

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Kildare TD travels to Sligo as part of celebrations to mark centenary of women gaining the right to vote
15:35 Monday 16th of April 2018

(Main picture: Cllr Sinead McGuckian, Micheál Martin, FOL, Constance Cassidy, Niamh Smyth TD and Lisa Chambers TD.png)(See attached file: FOL TD, Micheál Martin TD, Constance Cassidy and her four daughters)

Lissadell house hosted an exhibition last week entitled “"The Voice of Women: 100 Years of Achievement?" to celebrate the centenary of Irish women gaining the right to vote, and Kildare South TD Fiona O'Loughlin was in attendance for the event.

Deputy O’Loughlin, TD for Kildare South and member of the Oireachtas Committee Vótáil 100 that is celebrating 100 years since the first women was elected in Ireland, attended the meeting exhibition in Sligo.

Speaking on the event Deputy O’Loughlin said, “The exhibition was organised by Constance Cassidy, Kildare native and resident, and her four daughters, which featured 100 women who have played a part in creating modern Ireland and also posed questions about how far we have come in terms of gender equality. Fianna Fáil Party leader Micheál Martin formally opened the exhibit, reflecting on how in the past, strong women were presented as somehow eccentric and out of place and their views dismissed.  He reminded everyone that we are in a very difficult moment in modern history where many places look to narrow debate and the voices that can be heard."

“We should to use this 100th anniversary of female suffrage to encourage all voices and viewpoints and work hard to respect and see the perspective of others.  The story of the Gore Booth sisters remains an inspiration to us all about the importance of women's voices at community, national and international level," concluded Deputy O’Loughlin

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