Louth County Council seminar aims to increase the diversity of women in Local Government

A seminar aimed at increasing the diversity of women in Local Government will be hosted by Louth County Council in association with See Her Elected at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on Tuesday, September 27th. ‘Increasing the Diversity of Women in Local Government’ will run from 10am to 2pm and will include panel discussions with local and national politicians as well as speakers from diverse groups. Former Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor will be a guest speaker at the event.

The event will feature a diverse panel with the ‘Journey into Politics’ panel featuring women from County Louth in local and national politics.

The second panel discussion entitled ‘Diverse Pathways into Politics’ will include a range of speakers from groups in County Louth discussing potential pathways into local politics for them. Sinead Doody of Doody Faciliating and Consulting will act as MC for the event.

This event is free of charge but you need to Register on Eventbrite for tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/increasing-the-diversity-of-women-in-local-government-in-louth-tickets-418575850637


Free online Foundation workshops beginning this October 2022 to help get the crucial building blocks in place  for your election campaign.

With less than two years to go to the next local elections, our free online Foundation Workshops are designed to give you a solid base from which to move into campaign strategy. As always, our workshops are free and we run them on four consecutive days but at four different times to best fit in with your day to day life. When registering you can select the day/time that works best for you – and you can always swap around if something comes up at the last minute! Register on eventbrite at the link below.


See Her Elected

A Clear Pathway into Local Government with the Award Winning See Her Elected

*Workshops starting Autumn 2022*

Can you see yourself (maybe!) as a candidate in the 2024 local elections, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to know what is involved before making your mind up? Or have you made up your mind and want to have a practical toolkit covering everything you need to have a strategy plan for?

Maybe you can never see yourself as a candidate, but would love to be involved in getting a woman from your area elected to your County Council!

To complement the See Her Elected Guide to Running in the Local Elections (free to down load in English and Polish here) we have two series of FREE online workshops that will take you from being able to articulate why you or your candidate should run, right through to the election count and beyond.

All our monthly one-hour workshops run on four different days of the week and at four different times to best fit in with your day to day life.

Pathway Step One: The Foundation Series starts week commencing 3rd October 2022. Three FREE online workshops will cover key issues, profile building, analytical work on voting patterns in your local electoral area, and being a party candidate or running as an independent. On completion, you will be invited to join our Strategy Series in January 2023

Pathway Step Two: For those who completed the 2021/2022 Foundation Series, the FREE online Strategy workshops begin during week commencing 12th September 2022. The nuts and bolts of campaign strategy, canvassing strategy, a communications strategy including social media will all be covered in depth. Those joining in January 2023 will be brought up to date in a catch-up workshop.

If you would like to have an informal chat to see if any of this is for you, please get in contact with Michelle by phone at 0860320455 or my email info@seeherelected.ie. We’d love to hear from you!

Free ‘Introduction  to Politics’ course for  women in County Clare

An ‘Introduction to Politics’ course for County Clare women runs for free on Zoom over two consecutive weeks on Monday, May 23rd and May 30th in collaboration with Clare County Council. The ‘Introduction to Politics’ course from See Her Elected  aims to empower women in County Clare to engage in electoral politics. The free online SHESchool course is for anyone who wants to start to build up a bit of knowledge about what politics is and how politics works.  The classes will run twice on each date in a bid to fit into day-to-day life with a morning option from 11-12.30pm and an evening option from 7.30-9p.m.

“There are two classes to this introduction to Politics- the first one will cover Active Citizenship and Public Participation in council decision making while the second class will focus on ‘Who does what in the Council’ and the role of a county councillor,” explained Dr Michelle Maher, Programme Manager with SHE.

Register now for this Free course on event brite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-politics-for-women-in-clare-tickets-337216342157


Our FREE Revision SheSchool workshop on Saturday, April 9th will equip you with the practical support you need from #SeeHerElected. This is a great opportunity to catch up on our Foundation Series of workshops and advance to our Strategy workshops in the Autumn. Free and online from 9.30-12.30 on Saturday, April 9th.

⭐See yourself as a candidate for 2024
⭐Learn more about what is involved in running for election.
⭐Assess your electoral area.
⭐State your issues and get your campaign message ready.
⭐Learn what it means to be a County Councillor.
⭐Don’t want to be a candidate but want to help another woman get elected.
If you can answer Yes to these questions then contact info@seeherelected.ie to register for the Free recap workshop on Saturday, April 9th.

#RuralAndLocal #LocalElections2024 #SeeHerElected #WomenInPolitics


About this event

We know that there is a significant and persistent imbalance in Ireland between men and women when it comes to unpaid work and caring such as childcare, care of older adults and those with a disability, and housework with women doing the bulk of this work (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, 2019). In addition, for many women their caring responsibilities increased during the pandemic (NWCI, 2020).

As we prepare for the 2024 local elections in SHESchool, the question is sometimes asked about the reality for women of combining the current imbalance in unpaid and caring work falling to them, with the role of being a county councillor.

We are delighted to be joined in conversation with two women councillors who are sucessfully combining family life with their council work. Cllr Clare Claffey is the single woman councillor on Offaly County Council, while Cllr Marie Casserly is one of just three women on Sligo County Council. Over the course of an hour they will give us a frank account of the reality of their working week, with ample opportunity for questions.


Make it your New Year’s Resolution to learn more about politics by joining a Free online course from the award winning SHESchool

If you simply want to find out more about how the county council works and the role of a county councillor or are even considering running for local election in 2024 then See Her Elected can help provide you with the necessary skills, confidence, and knowledge.

The Introduction to Politics course runs for free on Zoom over three consecutive weeks on Wednesday, January 12th 19th and 26th. The classes will run twice on each date in a bid to fit into day-to-day life for women with a lunchtime option from 1-2pm and an evening option from 8-9p.m.  The course aims to empower women to engage in electoral politics. The free online SHESchool course is for anyone who wants to start to build up a bit of knowledge about what politics is and how politics works.

Any woman who signs up to our Introduction to Politics course in January will also receive a Free copy of our new SHE Guidebook to Running in the 2024 Local Elections new book in the post!

Register now on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sheschool-introduction-to-politics-tickets-226873854807

See Her Elected Guide to Running in the 2024 Local Elections

*Update Monday 22nd November 2021* We have reached capacity across our workshops. Please contact Michelle directly so that we can work out the best way for you to be involved in the workshops (and to send you a copy of our Guidebook in the post!)* email: info@seeherelected.ie / phone: 0860320455

To accompany our Guidebook we have designed a series of free online interactive one-hour workshops. They start during week commencing Monday 22nd November 2021. Series one has 7 monthly workshops.

The workshops are for women who can already see themselves as candidates; would like to know a little bit more before making their mind up; as well as those who are more interested in being part of the campaign team.

Our catchment area covers the counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath. All women from those counties are welcome to register. I am pleased to be able to reserve places for women from outside the catchment area who have previously attended SHE events and SHESchool. If in doubt, please get in touch.

The workshops are happening over 4 different days of the week and at 4 different times to best fit in with everyday life. All the details, and registration are available at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/see-her-elected-in-2024-tickets-203832427277

Invitation to our Book Launch Friday 12th November 2021, 12:30pm

We are proud and excited to invite you to the launch of our new publication, the See Her Elected Guide to Running in the 2024 Local Elections. Irish Time columist Kathy Sheridan will be the guest speaker, and will be joined by Minister of State for Local Government and Planning Peter Burke.

The launch will also include the world premier of a specially commissioned play about See Her Elected written by Treasa Nealon and performed by Rabbits Riot Theatre Company from Leitrim.

To attend our book launch please register at this link https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tXpnfUNYSiyMN5mGmqGU4g

We look forward to seeing you!

Women learning From Each Other 29th September 2021, 7pm

What is the job of a county councillor really like; why should more young women think about it as a career option; and what can someone with nine election victories tell us about running for election?

Join See Her Elected in a chat with Ireland’s longest serving woman councillor and Ireland’s newest and youngest woman councillor to learn from two different perspectives.

Wednesday 29th September, 7pm, free and online.

Mary Hilda Cavanagh (Fine Gael) was first elected to Kilkenny County Council in 1974 and is the longest serving continously elected councillor in Ireland. Emer kelly (Ind) was co-opted to Roscommon County Council in April 2021 and is one of the youngest councillors in the country.

Register https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/being-a-county-councillor-women-learning-from-each-other-tickets-175037079617

Women Learning From Each Other 22 September 2021, 7pm

What is it like to be a local election candidate in a rural constituency? Join us in a chat with Evie Nevin who did just that. Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 7pm, free and online.

Evie is a disability rights activist living in West Cork. Evie ran Disabled People for Choice during the campaign to Repeal the 8th which led her to run for local election in 2019. Evie has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and is Autistic and will discuss how these challenges affected her campaign.

You can register here:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/being-a-local-election-candidate-registration-170414181404

#SHESchool Sligo and Leitrim September 2021

Bringing women in Sligo and Leitrim together for our Introduction to Politics. If you would like to know how politics works in your county, please join our very relaxed, free, online classes.

There are two classes: Thursday 9 September 2021 and Thursday 16 September 2021. We are running one at 10-11:30am, and repeating it at 7:30-9pm. Just pick the time that suits you best!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-politics-in-sligo-and-leitrim-tickets-160776662325

We will be in touch with everyone who registers in the first week in September with details of what we will be covering in each of the two weeks.

Public Speaking Training August 2021

Speaking in public comes naturally to some, but for many women it is the stuff of nightmares. Junior Chambers Ireland and See Her Elected have joined forces to try and help change that for you. Over two classes, public speaking trainers from JCI Ireland will help you overcome any anxiety about speaking in public. We promise that this will all happen in a relaxed, positive and supportive way.

All women are welcome, regardless of your level of confidence about public speaking.

Week 1: Wednesday 18th August 2021 from 7pm to 8:30. In the first week we will concentrate on how to overcome any difficulties you have about speaking in public and teach you some key skills.

Week 2: Wednesday 25th August 2021 from 7pm to 8:30. In the second week you get an opportunity to have a go at telling a story for just a few minutes, in small groups with a trainer. And if you just want to return to listen and pick up some more tips, that’s ok too!

Feedback from trainers and a certificate of participation from JCI will be provided after the second week.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/female-empowerment-public-speaking-training-registration-163181788121

*You just need to register for week 1 and you will automatically be included in week 2*

Making Sense of Economics

Back by popular demand! With thanks to Financial Justice Ireland we are able to run our Making Sense of Economics Course again, this time over two weeks.

In week 1 (10th June) the focus is on the link between the local economy and the global financial system, including how public services are financed.

In week 2 (17th June) it’s all about tax. How does tax policy affect women and girls differently in different countries. We also look at international tax rules to understand the news we hear about the amount of corporation tax that multinationals pay.

Registration via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/making-sense-of-economics-tickets-158106475725

#SHESchool Roscommon and Westmeath June 2021

Bringing women in Roscommon and Westmeath together for our Introduction to Politics. If you would like to know how politics works in your county, please join our very relaxed, free, online classes.

There are two classes: Wednesday 16 June 2021 and Wednesday 23 June 2021. We are running one at 10-11:30am, and repeating it at 7:30-9pm. Just pick the time that suits you best!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-politics-in-roscommon-and-westmeath-tickets-154803883583

We will be in touch with everyone who registers in the first week in June with details of what we will be covering in each of the two weeks.


We have been invited by South West Mayo Development Company to talk to the women of Mayo about local politics! Following our usual Introduction to Politics three week, free and online format, our latest SHESchool starts on Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

To register, get in touch with Maria McHale. Her email is mmchale@southmayo.com

Making Sense of Economics


In collaboration with Financial Justice Ireland join us for a three week free online course to make sense of economics starting Thursday 8th April, 7pm.

This course aims to help women learn more about economics in an accessible way that highlights links between economic policies and our lives and communities.

Week 1 (8th April). The link between the economy and community, including how public services are financed and the informal economy.

Week 2 (15th April). All about tax. How does tax policy affect women and girls differently in different countries. Corporation tax.

Week 3 (22 April). International finance and sovereign debt. What is financialisation.

Register via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/making-sense-of-economics-tickets-148619118785

#SHESchool March 2021

Bringing women in Longford together for our Introduction to Politics. If you would like to learn about how politics works in Longford, please get in touch to join our free online classes.

Contact Michelle by ringing 0860320455 or emailing info@seeherelected.ie

#SHESchool February 2021

We have two very different conversations for you this month. Online via Zoom, and free.

Wednesday 17 February at 7pm. Catherine Gallagher takes us through her research on how a news story is framed. * We have reached capacity for this event*

Wednesday 24 February at 7pm. What’s it like to run in the local elections. We hear directly from two women from migrant backgrounds who did just that. Register at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/whats-it-like-to-run-in-local-elections-tickets-141718563037

#SHESchool January 2021

Happy New Year! If you’d like to start 2021 by learning how politics works in your county council, what the job of a councillor is like, and how to get involved in local decision making, then get in touch! Our Introduction to Politics is starting on Wednesday 13th January, for three weeks. Classes last about 90 minutes. They are free, online, and it’s all very relaxed. We are running the classes at 10am and again at 7pm, so you can choose the time that suits you best. To find out more, or register to join contact Michelle

info@seeherelected.ie / 0860320455

#SHESchool November 2020

A brand new addition to SHESchool this winter is our Introduction to Public Policy in Ireland. What do women need to know about the policy decisions that affect their lives? Join us on Wednesdays at 7pm to find out what government policy is, what might an alternative look like, and what women need to know.

We started on Wednesday 11th November with Pension Policy and Housing on 18th November. Registration is now open for our last class on Domestic Violence. It is happenning at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November, by Zoom.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-gender-lens-domestic-violence-policy-tickets-129340871027

#SHESchool Introduction to Policy

#SHESchool Introduction to Policy *SOLD OUT*

Our SHESchool Introduction to Policy filled up very quickly. Continuing to provide political education to women and an opportunity for women to have conversations about politics and policy is part of our plans for 2021. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email us info@seeherelected.ie or call us on 0860320455.

#SHESchool October 2020

**update 13th October, 2020. October SHEschool is now full. But… we are very happy to run it again soon. So please email if you would like to participate and we will go again as soon as there are enough for a class**

Back by popular demand! Our free online Introduction to Politics is starting on Wednesday 14th October 2020. There are three classes. They start at 7pm for 90 minutes with time for a break included. We start with active citizenship and what is meant by left and right in politics (Wed 14th October). This is followed by local government (Wed 21st October). We finish with looking at the job of a councillor (Wed 28th October). Full details are in our course outline.

To register please click here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sheschool-registration-123316636379

Here is our course outline SHESchool October 2020 and here is our Statement of Values SHE Statement of values

#SHESchool September 2020

Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on the See Her Elected Project. We are starting to build SHESchool along the lines that you asked for. First up we answer your wish to hear directly from women who have either run for local election, or who have worked on a campaign in rural Ireland and who can talk to you directly from experience. We have a series of three talks for you.

Please contact Michelle indicating which ones you would like to attend. info@seeherelected.ie  0860320455

Tuesday 22nd September, 7pm. Nora Fahy will tell us about running as a rural candidate for a party in 2014, and what lessons her experience holds for others.

Tuesday 29th September, 7pm. Edel McSharry has managed two election campaigns and will reflect on what a successful campaign in rural Ireland needs.

Here are Edel’s slides Edel Mc Sharry Campaign Management

Tuesday 6th October, 7pm. Marian Maloney ran as an independent candidate in 2019. Among the things she will talk to us about is running with a background in the Public Participation Network and Local Community Development Committee structures.

#SHESchool July 2020

If you would like to know more about our online school, please contact Michelle at info@seeherelected.ie, 0860320455

Introduction to politics. 7pm Tuesdays
7th July Active Citizenship
14th July Local Government
21st July Councillors
28th July Political Language

Further details are available here

Masterclasses for Female Councillors Friday 3rd July 11.00am. Using video to reach out to your constituents

Following on from the very well received social media masterclass with Sheila Reilly in May, we are returning on Friday 3rd July 11.00am-12 with a class on how to make a video to use in your social media posts.Of all the feedback you provided, this was the most popular request.

Sheila explained how and when to post to draw attention to your council work by making a short video for your social media. SHE are proud to welcome Síona Cahill – campaigner, communication professional, and content creator – who will present a very practical class on the do’s and the most definitely do not’s. To join us please contact info@seeherelected.ie / 0860320455.

Síona is a former president of the Union of Students in Ireland. She has organised and led advocacy campaigns on Marriage Equality (including creating the branding of Make Grá The Law), registration to vote, access and funding for third level education, reproductive health and rights, sexual health and consent, and empowering women in leadership.

#SHESchool Online Seminar Series Peymana Assad 23rd June 7pm

Join us on Tuesday 23rd June at 7pm to meet Peymana Assad

Peymana is a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Harrow, elected in 2018 making her the first person of Afghan origin elected to public office in the UK. She stood as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Ruislip Northwood and Pinner in the 2019 General Election. Alongside her Council duties, she works in Parliament as Head of Office for a Labour MP. Peymana was a founding member of the Fabian Society’s International Policy Group and has worked extensively across the charity sector with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on Afghanistan. She has sat on various boards for British charities working on gender, peace and security across the Middle East and Central Asia. In 2014 she was chosen by the US Ambassador to the UK as a rising star in the UK and as a result was invited to President Obama’s meeting with young people in London in 2016.

You can find more information about Peymana on her website.

Registration details here

#SHESchool June 2020

Please note this month’s SHESchool is fully booked. We are taking registrations for a repeat of these 4 classes next month which will be held in the evening time. Please contact us for details. info@seeherelected.ie

Introduction to politics. 11.00am Wednesdays
3rd June Active Citizenship
10th June Local Government
17th June Councillors
24th June Political Language

To join in any of these classes, please contact Michelle info@seeherelected.ie 0860320455

#SHESchool Online Seminar Series Fiona Buckley 9th June 8pm

On Tuesday 9th June, 2020 at 8pm. Dr Fiona Buckley will be talking to us about the debates around the representation of women in government

To register for Representation Debtaes – what do we mean by descriptive, substantive and symbolic representation and how does this relate to women’s political representation? email Michelle info@seeherelected.ie

Dr Fiona Buckley is a lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics in University College Cork where she specialises in the teaching and research of gender politics. Read more

Here are the slides from Fiona’s presentation Women in Politics_Representation Theories


Masterclasses for Female Councillors 26th May 11.00am

Social media masterclass for female councillors with Sheila Reilly. Tuesday 26th May 2020 11.00am-12.00. Free online masterclass on how to make social media work for you. The positives and the pitfalls. To join us please contact info@seeherelected.ie / 0860320455.

Sheila Reilly is the editorial director with Iconic News. She is a former editor of the Longford leader and a frequent commentator on local and national radio. Sheila is also the Chairperson of Longford Women’s Link.

#SHESchool May 2020

Introduction to politics. 11.00am Tuesdays and repeated at 8pm Tuesdays
28th April Active Citizenship
5th May Local Government
12th May Councillors
19th May Political Language

To join in any of these classes, please contact Michelle info@seeherelected.ie 0860320455

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