Cork City Council partner with Women for Election to deliver a dynamic new programme aiming to increase female participation in politics



Cork City Council is announcing a partnership with Women for Election, kindly supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, to help deliver a free bespoke training and awareness programme aimed at increasing the number of women running for election in Cork City in 2024 and beyond. 


The ‘More Women for Election in Cork’ programme will run from late February to June this year with three tailored training events taking place in the historic Council Chamber in Cork City Hall. The events will aim to engage, encourage and inspire women in all their diversity from across the county to consider getting involved in politics.


The upcoming events include:


  1. ‘Introduction to Politics’ with Pat Montague, an advocacy and strategy consultant working in the not-for-profit sector;
  2.  ‘Women Belong’ with Yemi Adenuga, the first black woman to be elected as a local councillor. It will explore the importance of diversity and representation at the decision-making table
  3.  ‘Power and Perseverance’ with Linda Kelly, National Secretary of Fórsa Trade Union.


Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is a really encouraging and timely development as we begin to prepare for the 2024 local elections. I really hope that next year, we will reach equal 50/50 representation in our historic council chamber. I am one of only 6 women to act as Cork City’s first citizen, this startling statistic highlights the imperative to prioritise gender equality and diversity at local government level. I would encourage the women of Cork to sign up for this fantastic opportunity”. 


Cllr. Mary Rose Desmond, Chair of Cork City Council’s Women’s Caucus said: “Cork City Council’s Women’s Caucus have been working to carve out a pathway to ensure more women are represented in the Irish political system. Currently, Cork City Council ranks 17th out of 31 local authorities for female representation, With this in mind, we need to ensure we are working together to see more women step forward and run for election, this is what will facilitate change. These upcoming training events will provide a practical framework to help encourage and guide women through the process of running for election”.


Paul Moynihan, Director of Corporate Affairs and International Relations at Cork City Council said: “We are delighted to partner again with Women For Election. Just one in four councillors in Irish local government are women yet women make up half our population. We need to see more women at the decision table making decisions that impact women’s lives”. 


Caitríona Gleeson, CEO of Women For Election said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Cork City Council to deliver this innovative, informative and inspiring training and awareness programme for women in Cork City. With only 6 women currently elected to the 31 seats in Cork City Council there is an urgent need for lots of women to count themselves into politics. Women are already very active in running Cork across community, business, health, education and social services. However, they are not included in local and national political decision making, where decisions that affect everyone’s lives are made every day. Women belong at every decision making table and the time for women to get elected is now. We hope that in 2023 we will see women in all their diversity in Cork signing up for our training events and helping us achieve a healthy diversity of women and men elected to local and national government in the next 10 years.”


Please visit: for further details on the programme and how to register.