Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (111)

Mary Lou McDonald


111. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach when he plans to convene the Citizens' Assembly on gender equality. [39346/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

At its meeting of 11th June 2019, the Government agreed to the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly to advance gender equality. The establishment of the Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality was approved by Dáil Éireann on 9 July and Seanad Éireann on 11 July.

The Citizens’ Assemblies Act 2019 providing for the use of the register of electors to select members for both citizens’ assemblies was subsequently enacted and signed into law by the President on 25 July.

The Citizens’ Assembly secretariat is now up and running. A Secretary has been appointed and staff assigned. Ms. Catherine Day, former Secretary General of the European Commission, will serve as Chair of the Assembly.

Administrative preparations are underway with a view to convening a first meeting as soon as possible.