Citizens’ Assembly to Begin Discussions on Gender Equality

14th February 2020

Posted In: FYI

The Citizens’ Assembly will meet this weekend to consider the matter of Gender Equality. The Assembly is a body made up of the Chairperson, Dr. Catherine Day and 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate.

The Assembly will meet on Saturday 15th  and Sunday 16th February in the Grand Hotel Malahide and all public sessions will be broadcast live on the Assembly Website here>>

The work programme of the Assembly will be based on the topics set out in the Oireachtas resolution and this weekend will include an introduction to the main issues around gender; gender norms and stereotypes; and the family.

The Agenda includes public presentations, private roundtable discussions and feedback sessions. Assembly members will hear presentations from experts on the following topics:

  • Gender in Ireland: Some key facts – Elaine O’Mahoney, Central Statistics Office
  • Recent Gender Equality Developments – Dr. Anne-Marie McGauran, Trinity College Dublin
  • Gender norms & Stereotypes – Professor Sheila Greene, Trinity College Dublin
  • Evolution of the Irish family – Professor Linda Connolly, Maynooth University
  • The family in the Constitution and the Law – Professor Siobhan Mullally, NUI Galway

As well as the expert presentations, the citizens will hear from speakers with relevant personal experiences.

All of the Assembly’s public proceedings will be live streamed on

Chairperson of the Assembly, Dr Catherine Day said: “I am really looking forward to the first full weekend meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly.  We will be focusing on issues around gender norms and stereotypes and the way the Constitution deals with the family. I hope members of the public will follow our work online and encourage individuals and organisations to send in their views via our public consultation process.”

The closing date for receipt of Public Consultations is Friday 6 March. Submissions can be made online, email or by post with further details available here>>