Women's group calls for more family-friendly Dáil

The National Women's Council is calling for the creation of a more family-friendly Dáil.

The group will launch its 'Building a Women-Friendly Oireachtas' campaign this afternoon, which makes several recommendations to Government aimed at encouraging women to consider politics as a career.

The NWCI would like to see a 40% gender quota applied at cabinet level with maternity and paternity leave introduced to allow further flexibility.

Director Orla O'Connor said the Government needed to set an example for gender equality in Ireland.

"It is welcome that the Government has introduced gender quotas for candidates running for election," she said, "but that's only one part of the picture.

"We're saying that another number of things need to be done if we're really going to make politics a career option for women."

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