Longford Women's Link tapping into the expertise of campaigners

'Voices and Views from the Campaign Trail' seminar

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Chairperson of the Roscommon Women's Manifesto Group and LWL Deputy CEO Tara Farrell, USI President Síona Cahill, Samantha Carty, Pat Murphy, Longford Women's Link Chairperson Sheila Reilly and Ciairí

Women from across the region attended a very successful seminar in Longford Women’s Link recently which tapped into the expertise of political campaigners.

'Voices and Views from the Campaign Trail' featured reflections and lessons learned from political campaigns.

On the day, keynote speakers USI President and Colehill woman Síona Cahill and Ciairín de Buis, CEO of Women for Election, delivered two barnstorming speeches which looked honestly at the reality of campaigning, the practicalities of sustaining a campaign and how to change the culture from within.

Síona Cahill, a veteran of two referendums and numerous student campaigns, spoke about the importance of believing in oneself and facing down the imposter syndrome that plagues many a campaigner and candidate. She shared considerable insight garnered from many years campaigning and urged participants not to be afraid to speak up or being tagged a “difficult woman”.

Ciairín de Buis, of Women for Election, spoke of how the progress in getting women elected to public office has been “achingly slow”, adding that there is much work to be done until women taking part in politics is unremarkable.

In the afternoon, a training workshop on campaign and communication strategies delivered by Women for Election provided some useful information for aspiring politicians, campaign managers and team members.

The event was run by Longford Women’s Manifesto and the newly formed Roscommon Women’s Manifesto with Pat Murphy from Longford and Samantha Carty from Roscommon highlighting the work of their respective groups on the day.
“The aim was to build on expertise gained in campaigns headed up by women in recent times and to provide accessible and meaningful training for women who wish to put themselves forward for public life positions,” Tara Farrell of Longford Women’s Link and Longford Women’s Manifesto Group told the Leader.

“All of the delegates commented on the positivity of the event and the energy from the two keynote speakers especially Longford woman Síona Cahill, showing that the expertise is here in the community,” she added.

Longford Women’s Manifesto plan to hold further events of this kind in the run-up to the local elections in May 2019.

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