Gender Quotas and the 2016 General Election

2 Nov
Gender Quotas and the 2016 General Election

A one-day seminar


Aula Maxima, University College Cork


Monday 28th November 2016


Event supported by funding from the Irish Research Council’s ‘New Foundations’ Scheme


This event has been organised by the Department of Government, University College Cork in conjunction with the Gender Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)





9.30 – 10.00: Registration (teas and coffees provided)


10.05: Welcome by Dr Fiona Buckley, University College Cork




10.10: Panel 1: Gender quotas in Ireland

Chair: Prof Michael Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin


Overview of candidate selection in Ireland - Dr. Theresa Reidy (University College Cork)


Why gender quotas in Ireland? - Prof. Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University Belfast)


Attitudes to gender quotas in Ireland - Lisa Keenan, PhD Candidate (Trinity College Dublin)


Implementation of gender quotas in Ireland - Dr. Fiona Buckley (University College Cork) and Mary Brennan, PhD Candidate (University College Dublin)



11.40 – 12.00: Break (teas and coffees provided)



12.00: Panel 2: The impact of gender quotas

Chair: Dr Liam Weeks, University College Cork


Political Parties as gendered Institutions and the impact of gender quotas on party culture – Prof Sarah Childs (University of Bristol)


Measuring the quality of politicians elected by gender quotas - are they any different? A UK perspective – Dr Peter Allen (Queen Mary University of London)


Gender quotas and their effects on party culture in Ireland - Dr. Fiona Buckley (University College Cork) and Mary Brennan, PhD Candidate (University College Dublin)



13.15 - 14.15: lunch (light lunch provided for conference speakers and chairpersons)



14.15: Panel 3: Politicians’ views of gender quotas

Chair: Mr Noel Whelan, MA – Irish Times Columnist


Panel will consist of a number of politicians across various parties with differing views and experiences of the gender quota in February's election. 



15.45: Close of Seminar





Attendance is free.  However for catering purposes, we request that attendees register their attendance in advance by emailing David O’Sullivan at:

Department of Government and Politics

2nd Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland