THE COUNCIL has declared it would provide training to help female candidates run in municipal elections.

Clare County Council has announced details of a free training programme for women who are considering running as candidates in the 2024 local elections.

The ‘Supporting Women in Local Elections’ initiative has been organised to support greater involvement by women in local government.

Sinéad Doody (Doody Facilitation and Consulting Ltd), on behalf of Clare County Council, will deliver the free online training programme over four workshops in March and April.

Potential local election candidates will learn about local government and why it matters, as well as the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in local politics.

The workshops will provide practical information on running a successful election campaign including advice on getting your message and communication strategy right, how to build your leadership and resilience, and how to make the best use of social media.

Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Joe Cooney, said, “I am very pleased that Clare County Council is organising this event to support first-time women candidates in the upcoming local elections. I look forward to seeing greater gender balance on the ballot paper and in the Council Chamber following the elections.”

Programme facilitator Sinéad Doody said, “The workshops will be relaxed and interactive and suitable for women from all backgrounds and experiences. My aim is to help women to develop their leadership skills and to better understand the role of a councillor. I’ll also be focusing on campaigning, canvassing and communication media. There will be lots of practical information, tips and templates to take away. I’m looking forward to engaging with women from across the county on this important programme.”

Anne Haugh, Director of Rural Development, Clare County Council, said, “It is very important that we enable and empower all those who wish to participate in the local elections to ensure that we are truly representative of the people we serve. Initiatives such as this one will help to address the well-publicised gender imbalance in local politics.”

The free online training workshops will take place during March and April. Dates and times will be finalised following registration of participants.

The workshops are free of charge but those interested in participating must register. Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SupportingWomenLocalElections

‘Supporting Women in Local Elections’ is organised by Clare County Council and is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

For any queries please contact corporate@clarecoco.ie

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