25 October 2016

Questioning the Taoiseach today, Joan Burton outlined her dismay at the lack of women appointed to the Ervia Board. In July four members were appointed to the Board of Ervia- all of these were men.

Speaking after Questions to the Taoiseach, Deputy Burton commented:

“In the Programme for Government, the Government committed to increasing female participation on state boards to 40% but with situations like Ervia, they are showing flagrant disregard for their own commitments.

“Ireland has one of the best educated female populations in the world, with women playing leadership roles in many diverse and challenging areas at home and abroad. I firmly believe that many of the State Boards should welcome, and would benefit from, the vision of these experienced women.

“The target of 40% for State Boards is important, not least because women make up over half the population of Ireland and it is quite bizarre that this would not be reflected here, but also because it’s important to end this ‘jobs for the boys’ culture.”

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