Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of women in parliament in the EU and is in the bottom half of the world rankings.Source
The slight increase following the general election saw women take 25 of the 166 seats, up from 22 in the previous Dáil.
At just over 15%, Ireland is 23rd of the 27 EU countries, and worldwide ranks 53 out of 95 countries — coming just above Burkina Faso and Albania.
This compares to Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands with over 40%, and Rwanda and Andorra with over 50%.
Ireland also ranks in the bottom half for female cabinet ministers, at 14%
The figures were released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a worldwide body that promotes women’s political participation. It says the world average is about 19%.
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