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NWCI congratulates Chairperson Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop on being selected as a Fine Gael candidate

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NWCI wish to congratulate our Chairperson Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop on being selected as a Fine Gael candidate in the next general election.  We in NWCI welcome the increasing representation of women in politics across the political spectrum and...

NWCI joins SIPTU in calling for the future of Ballymun’s Young Women’s Project to be secured

Published: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Working with young women is central to NWCI’s work and the advancement of women’s equality in Ireland. Local projects, such as the Ballymun Young Women’s Project,  that involve the direct participation of young...

NWCI cautiously welcomes recommendations from the Direct Provision Working Group but expresses concern at impact of International Protection Bill

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In response to the publication of the recommendations of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers, NWCI reaffirmed its call on the Government to end the direct provision system. Pending...

NWCI welcomes the new guidelines for appointments to State Boards and the launch of the State Boards Website

Published: Thursday, February 05, 2015

NWCI welcomes today’s launch of the online portal, www.stateboards.ie, as well as the new guidelines, as part of the broad reforms of the process of appointments to State Boards. Louise Glennon, Women in Leadership Officer at...

A gender balanced Pensions Council, but we need a universal pension that tackles the gender pension gap

Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Tanaiste announced the membership of the Pensions Council this morning and there was some good news; the Council was gender balanced with the appointment of four women and three men.  However it is important to highlighted key issues...

A clear and transparent process is critical in State Board appointments

Published: Monday, January 26, 2015

Competence and capacity to do the job are the main points to consider when making an appointment to a State Board; appearance should not come into it. A clear and transparent process is critical. Yesterdays’ news of notes being...

Decisions surrounding women’s health have no place in courts

Published: Thursday, December 18, 2014

In response to media reports that a pregnant woman is being kept on life supports machines against the wishes of her family, Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI, said, “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family...

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington’s three conditions for working with NUI Galway.

Published: Monday, December 08, 2014

The president of NUI Galway has invited Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington to help him put right the University’s shocking imbalance of women in senior posts. Dr Sheehy Skeffington would really welcome this possibility and feels she could contribute...

James Reilly rejects survivors’ request to include Westbank and other Protestant institutions in proposed Mother & Baby homes inquiry

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Bethany Survivors' Campaign and Survivors of Protestant Children's Institutions met Wednesday 12 November 2014 with James Reilly TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Children's Minister James Reilly rejected a request from survivors to include the Westbank Orphanage and...

NWCI stands alongside survivors of symphysiotomy in their search for truth and justice

Published: Friday, November 07, 2014

National Women’s Council of Ireland today added their voice of support for Survivors of Symphysiotomy in their search for redress and justice. The government this morning announced an unjust redress scheme for symphysiotomy survivors The time limits being...

NWCI Speech at the Catholic Girl Guides of Ireland Chief Commissioner Award

Published: Monday, September 29, 2014

Thank you Firstly, thank you to the Catholic Girl Guides for inviting me. Director of the  National Women’s Council of Ireland to address this inspiring event with your Chief Commissioner Awardees. I feel very honoured to be...

Ireland falls behind as 36 countries sign ground-breaking convention to protect women from violence

Published: Friday, August 01, 2014

Today, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence will become an active legal instrument, having achieved – and surpassed – the number of State ratifications required to bring it into force. Of...

‘Women and Men in Ireland’

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 Today’s publication of the annual CSO Women and Men in Ireland Report has been welcomed by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI). “The annual Women and Men in Ireland Report is an...

Sexual violence services must be restored to sustainable levels

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today condemned the temporary closure of Mid-West Rape Crisis centre and said that amid huge demand, sexual violence services must be restored to sustainable levels. Orla O’Connor, Director of National...

Second pre-school year will be important for children and parents.

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014

National Women’s Council of Ireland today welcomed the commitment to introduce a second pre-school year for all children  as announced by Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch of ‘Better Outcomes: Brighter Future: the National Policy Framework...