2018: National Symposium: Rising to the Challenge - Addressing Ireland's Gender Pay Gap

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, hosted a symposium on the gender pay gap in Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Jointly hosted by the Departments of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and of Justice and Equality, the symposium brought together over 130 participants including politicians, senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics, and was moderated by broadcaster and journalist Cathal Mac Coille. Minister Flanagan briefed attendees on the submissions received to the public consultation held between August and October 2017 seeking views on measures to tackle the gender pay gap. The symposium also heard from Mr Andy Klom, Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Dublin, about the initiatives under consideration in the European Commission to address the gender pay gap, and from Eurofound about its recent research.

Documents: Symposium Programme and Summary of Public Consultation.

Links to speeches by Minister Flanagan, Minister Humphreys and Minister Stanton.

Links to Government Press releases of 6 January 2018 and 10 January 2018.


2015: Women And Girls In Sport In Ireland – Let’s Level The Playing Field

The Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D. held the following conference:

WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT IN IRELAND – LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD on 28th October 2015 in The Printworks Conference Centre Dublin Castle.

 The Conference Moderator was Joanne Cantwell, RTÉ

 The aims of the conference were to:
• promote greater participation of women and girls in sport in Ireland;
• highlight good practice taking place, both in Ireland and internationally;
• showcase the achievements of some of our talented sportswomen;
• highlight the variety of ways in which women in Ireland already participate in sport, including as decision-makers; administrators and volunteers; and
• explore the important role that sport plays in providing positive role models for women and girls.

An exciting line up of speakers, both national and international attended the event.


2015: Reversing the paradox: Promoting gender-balanced leadership

On 27 May 2015 Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality jointly hosted a major conference in the Mansion House Dublin to actively promote gender-balanced leadership in Ireland.

Gender balance has been proven to increase profits, return on sales, return on equity, innovation and problem-solving. Yet while much progress has been made in putting women and men on an equal footing in the workplace, today in Ireland as in Europe, women continue to be under-represented in corporate and political life. This paradox is an economy wide issue and one which is increasingly recognised at a global level. In Ireland it is at its widest at the very top where less than 10% of companies in Ireland have a female on their board. At the current pace we are progressing, female executive representation across Europe is unlikely to reach 20% until 2035.


2014: Investing in Talent - Promoting Gender Balanced Leadership

The Department of Justice and Equality and Ibec successfully held a conference in Dublin Castle on 25 November 2014 aimed at promoting and supporting gender balanced leadership. The conference was supported by the European Union under its PROGRESS programme (2007-2013) and was moderated by the well-known journalist and broadcaster, Margaret E. Ward.

Over 200 participants from both the public and private sectors attended the conference to hear from a variety of national and international high profile speakers who are each committed to achieving gender balance in leadership roles.


2013: Women’s Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda

With generous funding from the European Commission and support from the Irish Presidency, the Gender Equality Division of the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland hosted this major international conference for key decision-makers to encourage debate on the key issues of gender equality and the economic engagement of women, with a focus on the attainment of the employment objective of the Europe 2020 Agenda.


2012: How to elect more women?

The Conference promoted discussion on the changes needed if political parties are to fully embrace the need for greater equality in political life.  This change is being fostered by Government policy to link candidate selection to Exchequer support for political parties.  As a result, political parties will be required to identify and foster good women candidates to contest and win seats at the next general election.

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Women’s Economic Engagement and the Europe 2020 Agenda

How to elect more women?

Investing in Talent - Promoting Gender Balanced Leadership

Reversing the paradox: Promoting gender-balanced leadership

Women And Girls In Sport In Ireland – Let’s Level The Playing Field

National Symposium: Rising to the Challenge - Addressing Ireland's Gender Pay Gap