That women were first allowed to vote in this country ?
90th anniversary of women’s first vote marked
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the day Irish women took to the polls for the first time.
Female senators and TDs both past and present were at the Dáil this week for celebrations held in to mark the occasion.
Women here were allowed to vote in the general election after winning the right to universal suffrage in 1918.
90 years ago today, Christmas shopping took a back seat as Irish women braved the electoral booths for the first time.
But their trip to the polls came with certain conditions – they had to be over thirty years of age and land owners, a restriction that wasn’t lifted until ten years later in 1928.
This year is also the anniversary of the election of Ireland’s first female member of parliament – Countess Markiewicz.
But since then, Irish women have been largely under represented in Irish politics.
Countess Markievicz was without a successor for 60 years, until the election of Maire Geoghegan Quinn in 1979.
Irish women have filled just under seven per cent of seats in the Dáil and Seanad since their first general election and Ireland is currently ranked 87th in the world for its female representation in Government.
There is a really nice display in the Collins barracks musem on this topic
was in there with my lil sis a while back. They have badges, fliers, posters and other historical documents about the campaign and the times.