Women Now – Celebrating 100 years of voting in 2018 – Vótáil 100 One hundred years ago this year, Irish women were given the right to vote. But not every woman – just women over 30, who had property rights or a university education. Women over the age of 21 had to wait until the Constitution was drawn up to ensure full and equal voting rights. This happened in 1922. After 100 years since millions of women got the vote around the world, how do their rights compare now? A number of high profile women are going to seek to answer just that question at an event entitled “Women Now” at the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan at 8.00 p.m. Thursday 25th October 2018.
Chairing the event is Sharon Tolan, a County Councillor in the Laytown/Bettystown Municipal District on Meath County Council. Most Rev. Patricia Storey was made Bishop of Meath and Kildare in the Church of Ireland in 2013. She is the first woman to become a bishop in the Church of Ireland and the first woman to be an Anglican bishop in Ireland and Great Britain. Helen McEntee T.D. was elected to Dáil Éireann in a By-Election in March 2013. In June 2017 Helen was promoted to the position of Minister of State for EU Affairs, a postion she still holds and is of particular importance at present due to the Brexit process. Mairead McGuinness has served as a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. She became the first Vice President of the European Parliament in January 2017. Jackie Maguire started her career with Meath County Council in 1981. She held the positions of director of services and head of finance with Meath County Council and left the council in 2006 to take up a position as manager in Leitrim. In 2013 she became the first woman manager of Meath County Council. Arlene Kavanagh King is a post graduate student at Trinity College Dublin. All welcome. Free Event.
Organiser, Noel French, said this event is to mark how far women have come in Ireland and to identify those areas where there are still problems with equality. Noel would like to strengthen the influence of women throughout the community and to encourage and recognise women’s contribution to society.

Contact: Noel French, noeltrim@gmail.com 086 8053293