The Women in Politics and Public Life 1918 – 2018 was launched yesterday evening (17th July) in Aras an Chontae in Roscommon.

Senator Maura Hopkins stated, “This exhibition shines a spotlight on the story of many familiar and some less well known women in politics and public life.  They have been the pioneers of their time in very much breaking the mould for women.”

“I worked closely with staff from the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and Roscommon County Council in securing this exhibition in Roscommon for Connacht.”

“When I visited the exhibition in Dublin Castle earlier this year, it was great to see the late Joan Burke T.D. feature prominently in the exhibition. It is a testament to her strong record of public service for the people of Co. Roscommon. It was the focus on Joan’s work which led to our work on the need for people in this region to access the exhibition locally.”

Senator Hopkins stated “The exhibition was opened by former President, Dr. Mary McAleese who gave an inspiring address on the need to make further progress to allow women achieve their full potential and contribute fully to public life.” 

Senator Hopkins concluded “I would strongly encourage people to visit the exhibition which runs until Friday September 27. It is an important display which captures appropriately the important role women have played over the past 100 years.”