What the ‘Government for National Recovery 2011-2016’ says about Women

Warning: We do not believe for a second that other areas in the programme for government won’t affect women or won’t be of interest to women. We’ve just pulled out the parts the specifically refer to women.


Constitutional Reform

Under broader considerations for constitutional reform will be:

  • Provision of same sex marriage;
  • Amending the clause on women in the home and greater participation in public life.

These are to be examined by the Constitutional Convention and report within 12 months.



  • We will introduce a cervical cancer vaccination catch-up programme for all girls in secondary school. We will also extend Breastcheck to 65-69 year old women.
  • We will seek a mechanism to compensate those women who were excluded on age grounds alone from the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme.


We acknowledge the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights subsequent to the established ruling of the Irish Supreme Court on the X-case. We will establish an expert group to address this issue, drawing on appropriate medical and legal expertise with a view to making recommendations to Government on how this matter should be properly addressed.


We will legislate to clarify the law surrounding assisted human reproduction including the law relating parental relationships arising from assisted human reproduction.


Political Reform:

  • We recognise that there needs to be a substantial increase in the number of women in politics. We will ask the Constitutional Convention, which is examining electoral reform, to make recommendations as to how the number of women in politics can be increased.
  • Public funding for political parties will be tied to the level of participation by women as candidates those parties achieve.


Criminal Law Reform

  • We will enact legislation to prohibit the practice of Female Genital Mutilation for the protection of girls and women.


Law Reform, Courts & Judiciary

  • We will introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation in a manner that provides protection to victims.



  • We are committed to ensuring that the rights of women and men to equality of treatment and to participate fully in society are upheld.
  • We will take steps to ensure that all State boards have at least 40% of each gender.


You can find the full 64 page programme for government here: http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2011/03/pfg2011.pdf

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