Fianna Fáil Seanad Jobs Spokesperson Senator Mary White says she was alarmed to read recent reports that no woman has been appointed to Chair any of the new regional jobs task force implementation committees.
Senator White added: “This is a grave insult to all the female entrepreneurs who are running businesses and employing people in communities nationwide. As a businesswoman myself I am very much aware of the challenges. I have repeatedly raised concerns about the stagnation in female employment levels in recent months, with the number of women out of work actually increasing last month.
“During the same time, we have seen a reduction in male unemployment levels, but unfortunately women are being left behind and efforts must be made to address this. It is essential that women are given the same opportunities to upskill to allow them to break into growing job sectors where they are currently under-represented, like in areas such as IT”.