In Our Own Words
IN OUR OWN WORDS focuses on the story of Irish women’s struggle for equality and representation in the political sphere, told exclusively through the first-hand testimony of the women involved.
A Woman's Place
This documentary follows the artist, Noel Murphy, on his six-month project to create a painting of all 53 sitting women members of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Journalist Eamonn Mallie reveals the artistic process and interviews the Members as they visit the artist’s studio to sit for their portraits.
This short film shows the milestones on the road to the vote in Ireland and Britain, from the official exclusion of women in 1832 to the election of 1918.
Votes for Women: Suffrage and Citizenship
This is a short film about the exhibition of artefacts, images and ephemera celebrating the Irish suffrage movement. It includes interivews with Lynn Scarff, director of the National Museum of Ireland, and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, whose grandmother, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, was a leader of the Irish suffragette movement.
Díospóireacht na nÓg
Díospóireacht na nÓg took place in the Seanad Chamber on 17 April. Sixteen transition year students debated the motion:
"Has the struggle for freedom, justice and equality been realised in Ireland's institutions, culture and society?"
Seachtain na Gaeilge
On 6 March, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the first woman to serve as a Minister since the foundation of the State, gave a lecture in Leinster House. She spoke about the importance of our national language to her and in her work and about her life and career in Irish and European politics.
Statements in Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann marked 6 February 2018 by hearing statements on the centenary of women's suffrage. Speakers include Deputy Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Deputies Niamh Smyth, Louise O'Reilly, Joan Burton, Ruth Coppinger, Joan Collins, Catherine Murphy and Catherine Martin.
Díospóireacht na nÓg - launch
Senator Ivana Bacik introduces Díospóireacht na nÓg and outlines its importance as part of the programme to commemorate the centenary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland.
Conference part 1
On 1 February, Vótáil 100 co-sponsored a conference in the Royal Irish Academy entitled Representation, Gender and Politics: Past and Present. In part 1, the panel discusses historical perspectives on women's activism and the early suffrage movement.
Conference part 2
In part 2 of the joint conference on Representation, Gender and Politics: Past and Present at the Royal Irish Academy, the panel discusses suffrage in the historical context.
Conference part 3
In part 3 of the joint conference on Representation, Gender and Politics: Past and Present at the Royal Irish Academy, Jane Suiter chairs a discussion on women in Parliament. The panel comprises Senators Gabrielle McFadden, Ivana Bacik and Alice-Mary Higgins and Deputies Clare Daly, Louise O'Reilly and Fiona O'Loughlin.
Conference part 4
In part 4 of the joint conference on Representation, Gender and Politics: Past and Present at the Royal Irish Academy, the panel talks about politics and gender in Ireland today, including the impact of gender quotas.
At the launch of the #Vótáil100 hashtag, Senator Ivana Bacik, chairperson of the Vótáil 100 steering committee, explains the significance of the centenary marked in 2018.