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Leas-Cheann Comhairle gives video address on International Women’s Day

9 Mar 2021, 15.50

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Deputy Catherine Connolly

On International Women's Day 2021, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Deputy Catherine Connolly, gave a video address.

Deputy Connolly is the first female office holder in Dáil Éireann.

"It took 101 years to get a female Leas-Cheann Comhairle, let's hope it won't take another 101 years to get another or, indeed, to get a Ceann Comhairle," she said in her address.

Her Surrender Sinead Guckian

Also on Women's Day, the Leader of the Seanad, Senator Regina Doherty, unveiled a painting entitled Her Surrender by Sinead Guckian. The painting depicts Nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell, the woman who carried Pádraig Pearse's message seeking the end to hostilities during the 1916 Rising and who was later airbrushed out of the photographs of Pearse surrendering to Brigadier General Lowe.