The Ceann Comhairle, Mr Séan Ó Fearghaíl TD, established a Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament on 23 March 2021. The Forum presented its report to the Ceann Comhairle on 2 November 2021.

Report of the Forum

Report of the Forum

The Forum on a Family Friendly and Inclusive Parliament has presented its report to the Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD.

The Ceann Comhairle established the Forum and asked its members to generate practical and achievable recommendations that could make the Houses of the Oireachtas a more inclusive, family friendly and gender sensitive workplace.

The recommendations in the report represent a roadmap for the next stage of the journey for the Houses of the Oireachtas to achieve this.

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

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.

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