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Abortion Working Group concerned over planned 40 days of protests outside Maternity Hospital

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Abortion Working Group, chaired by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), today expressed concerns that the failure to introduce Safety Zone legislation means an anti-abortion protest, planned for 40 days outside the national maternity hospital, will proceed...read more

National Women’s Council of Ireland welcomes recognition as Sustainable Development Goal champion

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today (18 September) was delighted to be recognised as one of the first Sustainable Development Goal champions by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. at the...read more

NWCI Submission calls for free contraception

Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI)’s Submission to the Department of Health on Access to Contraception has this weekend called for a scheme to provide the most effective and appropriate methods of contraception free-of-charge, provided...read more

Budget2020: NWCI calls for free contraception

Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today called for the Government to commit to delivering free contraception in Budget 2020, as well as ensuring proper funding for the National Maternity Strategy. At the launch of their Pre-Budget Submission ...read more

NWCI raises concerns around safe and local access to abortion care services

Published: Monday, June 24, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today raised concerns about the ongoing delay to the introduction of safety zone legislation, as well as the lack of abortion care services in St Luke’s General Hospital in...read more

NWCI welcomes focus on care in Citizens Assembly on gender equality

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the establishment of a new citizens’ assembly to bring forward proposals on gender equality, tasked with discussing the remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination in Ireland. Orla O&rsquo...read more

No breakthrough for women in Local Elections - it’s time for gender quotas

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

NWCI today welcomed the increased number of women elected as Councillors in the Local Elections but is very disappointed about the missed opportunity to break the critical barrier of 30% of women’s representation in Local Government. Orla O&rsquo...read more

NWCI welcomes resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum.  Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said, “We welcome the decisive Yes vote in today’s divorce...read more

Celebrating 120 years of local government in Monaghan

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019

“I love my work. I feel I’m there for the people – on the ground. You don’t get everything for them but you do all you possibly can for people. I really enjoy my work....read more

NWCI calls for amendments to Gender Pay Gap Information Bill

Published: Monday, May 13, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the introduction of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill in the Dail, but expressed concern that the Bill does not go far enough, and called...read more

We need more women in local politics

Published: Friday, May 03, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today (3rd May) launched its #FeministCommunities manifesto for the local elections on May 24th, and called for a breakthrough election for women in local politics. NWCI is calling on local candidates...read more

NWCI calls for a Yes vote to create greater certainty and clarity for families going through divorce

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today called for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on divorce on May 24th.   The call was made at the NWCI members and friends meeting...read more

NWCI welcomes Government commitment to tackling non-consensual distribution of intimate images

Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the news that Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will seek approval from Cabinet for proposed legislation aimed at tackling the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. Tara Brown, Violence...read more

Care always costs : NWCI welcomes plans for new parental leave scheme

Published: Friday, April 26, 2019

The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today welcomed the Government’s publication of its plans for a new parental scheme, and called for an incremental introduction of paid parental leave up to 26 weeks. Jennifer McCarthy Flynn,...read more

12 MEP candidates across all constituencies sign up to NWCI’s #FeministEurope manifesto

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019

In the few hours since the #FeministEurope manifesto was launched, MEP candidates across all three European constituencies have signed the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) manifesto. This includes candidates from Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, the Social Democrats,...read more

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