Irish Govt Announce Symposium On Gender Pay Gap

The Irish government is to host a symposium on the gender pay gap, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, have announced.

The symposium will bring together senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics.

Participants will hear from a wide range of speakers including: Morgan O’Donnell, Statistician, CSO; Dr Micheál Collins, UCD; Orla O’Connor, Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland; Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland; Colin Bray, President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland; Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, IHREC; Senator Ivana Bacik; representatives of IBEC, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and others. There will be panel discussions and audience participation will be integral to the event. All Members of the Oireachtas have been invited to participate. 

Making the announcement, Minister Flanagan said: "2018 is a very significant year for Irish women, marking a centenary since women achieved voting rights in Ireland. This anniversary will provide significant momentum to implement the gender equality measures in the Programme for Government, advanced through the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020. This symposium is part of that process. Minister Stanton and I have a range of plans to advance the gender equality agenda in 2018. Many organisations and individuals are also active in this area and this symposium is a great opportunity to share ideas and work together to achieve common goals."

Minister Humphreys added: "It is very important that we have a well-informed debate and devise practical policy solutions. I believe the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders in this symposium is very valuable and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Government to implement the Programme for Government commitments."

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