National Women’s Council To Hold Rally Next Month

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The National Women’s Council are organising a rally to be held outside the Dáil on Saturday March 5th.

The rally is to demand action on 4 key areas namely a more women focused healthcare system, increased female representation in decision making situations, access to quality public services with a decent income levels for women and an end to violence against women.

The organisation says that the pace of change delivered by the government is too slow and that more action and leadership is required to achieve women’s equality.

Among the speakers are Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Labour TD Ivana Bacik, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall and People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith.

Female members of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have criticised the council over their exclusion from the rally, with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee  saying the situation was “regrettable”.

The council say their work involves bringing people together and working alongside Government, but sometimes it also includes protest and calling out Government inaction.