Castlerea Community School student, Isabelle Flanagan, is taking inspiration from Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns’ ‘More Mná’ campaign and calling for more female politicians, both locally and nationally.
The 18-year-old is a daughter of MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and works as a secretary with the Social Democrats. She has been highlighting the need for change on social media recently.
“There are only 36 female TDs and just three elected members of Roscommon County Council who are women, which is really disappointing,” she said.
“Many young people want to get involved in politics…and I have been using Twitter and Instagram to discuss issues affecting us,” she said.
Isabelle claims that there are many young people, particularly young women, who don’t feel represented by the leading political parties and cited the lack of Repeal campaigning among local representatives as an example of this.
“Claire Kerrane has done a really good job (representing the constituency) and I would consider the likes of Holly Cairns, Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall (all Social Democrats), Catherine Connelly and Lynn Ruane (Independents) as good role models along with Clare Claffey, who is the only female councillor in Offaly. But I don’t feel represented by the likes of Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael locally and I think there are many others like me,” she said.