In 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland.

1918 was the first time Irish women were permitted by law to vote and run in parliamentary elections.

1918 was also the year in which the first woman was elected to the British Parliament at Westminster. Countess de Markievicz, who represented a Dublin constituency, never took her seat at Westminster. Instead, she joined the revolutionary first Dáil, becoming the first female TD.

To mark the centenary, the Houses of the Oireachtas will host a programme of events that will highlight the history of the suffrage movement and its leaders in Ireland and the impact of wider voting rights.

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Youth debate

Your chance to speak in the Seanad

Are you a transition year student with an interest in history, English, Irish or politics? Would you like to speak in Seanad Éireann? We are inviting applications to take part in a youth debate as part of our Vótáil100 commemorations.


Contact details

Liam O'Brien
Houses of the Oireachtas
Leinster House
Dublin 2

D02 XR20
+353 (0)1 618 4484
+353 (0)86 189 5098