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

From the Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly, 1914, courtesy of Dublin City Library & Archive

1918 was the first time Irish women were permitted by law to vote and stand 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 is hosting 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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Statements in Dáil Éireann on the centenary of women's suffrage

Dáil Éireann marked 6 February 2018 by hearing statements on the centenary of women's suffrage.

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Pioneers of parliamentary politics

Members of the second Dáil / Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Pioneers of parliamentary politics

As well as winning the right to vote in parliamentary elections, from 1918 women were permitted to stand for election. Find out about some of the first women who took part in parliamentary politics in Ireland.

Díospóireacht na nÓg

In April, the 16 winners of the Oireachtas all-island school competition will take part in a debate in the Seanad Chamber on the legacy of the suffrage movement.

Podcasts

Listen to our selection of podcasts about Irish women's struggle for citizenship.

Timeline - the road to the vote

Acknowledgements

Members of the Vótáil 100 committee
Our thanks to the following people for their contribution to Vótáil 100
Díospóireacht na nÓg mentors

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
liam.obrien@oireachtas.ie