Inspiration By Darren Dineen / 8th March 2015 Share Tweet Pin Share International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world today, and is a day for all women. Ireland needs more women in the top jobs in the political parties as I feel they have the understanding of a modern Ireland. It is said that women make up less than a quarter (22 per cent) of town Councillors and less than one-fifth (16 per cent) of city or county Councillors. Overall, women account for 25 per cent of elected representatives in Ireland. Gender quota legislation is currently in the pipeline which will force parties to ensure that at least 30 per cent of their general election candidates are women or face significant cuts to their state funding. The people do not elect women solely to represent women and women’s issues, no more than they elect men to represent men’s issues only. A more equal gender balance is just one of the changes Ireland needs to make to ensure that political representation is actually representative of our society and this goes for the women of the LGBT community as should everyone have some interest in who represents our right to a voice. So have a wonderful International Women’s Day and not forgetting Mothers Day Next Sunday.