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Brighton Wheel
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I’ve had the good fortune of working with Claire McGing (NUIM) on papers that we jointly delivered at the Social History Society’s Annual Conference in Brighton in 2012 and at the National Library of Ireland as part of their ‘BiblioFiles’ series.  The first paper assessed Garret FitzGerald’s efforts to recruit more women to Fine Gael in the late 1970s and 1980s, while we broadened the scope with the second paper to consider the wider experience of women in politics in 1970s and ’80s Ireland.  We make a good team: I provide the historical background and Claire does the data analysis.  Recently, Claire has started her own blog and I’d encourage you to check it out.

Claire is the John and Pat Hume Scholar and Irish Research Council (IRC) Scholar at the Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, where she is completing a PhD on the dynamics of women’s political representation in Ireland.  She will be Lecturer in Political Geography at NUIM for the 2013-14 academic year.  She has published aspects of her research nationally and internationally, and has discussed various aspects of women in Irish politics in the Irish media.

Her latest project examines patterns of women’s electoral representation in Ireland, North and South.

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