The Irish Women's Parliamentary Caucus, established in 2017, is a cross-party forum for Irish women parliamentarians to discuss and campaign on issues predominantly affecting women.
In March 2019, the Women's Caucus moved motions on period poverty in the Dáil and Seanad. The debates highlighted the difficulties some women experience in accessing affordable sanitary products and called on the Government to provide free sanitary products in all public buildings.
The constitution outlines the vision, mission, membership and working arrangements of the Irish Women's Parliamentary Caucus.
The Irish Women's Parliamentary Caucus hosted the first International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses in September 2018 in Dublin Castle, Ireland.
The conference brought together female parliamentarians from more than 40 countries to discuss issues facing women and how parliamentarians can work to address them.
In 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas commemorated the centenary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland.
1918 was the first time Irish women were permitted by law to vote and stand in parliamentary elections. In the same year, Countess de Markievicz became the first woman to win a seat in a parliamentary election in Ireland.
See statistics on women's participation in parliamentary politics in Ireland including the impact of gender quotas.