The Ceann Comhairle, Mr Séan Ó Fearghaíl TD, has established a Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament.

The forum will consider how to make the Houses of the Oireachtas a more inclusive, family-friendly and gender-sensitive workplace. In order to achieve that, the Forum will consider relevant provisions of the Constitution, Standing Orders of the Houses, the working arrangements of the sittings of parliament, policies, procedures and processes of the Houses and international parliamentary best practice.

The forum will report to the Ceann Comhairle by 31 October 2021.

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

The Forum is seeking submissions on family friendly and inclusive supports and measures required for elected members, their staff and for staff working for the Houses of the Oireachtas Service. Many organisations and individuals have expertise in this area; the Forum would appreciate all those willing to share their expertise and knowledge with it as it seeks to make improvements.

Closing date: 7 May 2021

Terms of Reference

Read the Terms of Reference of the Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament.

Press release

Read the press release in which the Ceann Comhairle announced the establishment of the Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament.

Mary Upton and Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Mary Upton, Chairperson of the Forum, and Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle

Members of the Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament

Ms Uruemu Adejinmi, Councillor
Dr Fiona Buckley, Lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics, UCC, specialising in gender politics
Ms Holly Cairns, TD
Ms Norah Casey, Businesswoman and Broadcaster
Ms Lisa Chambers, Senator
Mr Jim Clarken, CEO Oxfam Ireland, Executive Director of Oxfam International and a Commissioner at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Ms Alison Cowzer, Chairperson, Women for Election
Ms Roisin Deery, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Houses of the Oireachtas Service
Mr Tom Mallon, Barrister
Mr Ronan Murphy, Clerk to the Parliamentary Questions Office, Houses of the Oireachtas Service
Ms Cáit NicAmhlaoibh, Political Policy Advisor and Administrator
Ms Fiona O’Loughlin, Chairperson of the Irish Women’s Parliamentary Caucus
Mr Neale Richmond, TD
Ms Mary Upton, Chairperson of the Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament
Mr Fintan Warfield, Senator
In establishing this Forum, my hope is it will commence a process of significant and positive change which will enhance our Parliamentary Community.
Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle

Contact details

Secretary to the forum

Breda Burke

forum@oireachtas.ie

Press officer

Verona Ní Bhroinn

(01) 618 3881

(087) 262 4132

verona.nibhroinn@oireachtas.ie