Mayor believes childcare discussion could bring more women into politics

The Mayor of Sligo says it’s a massive step forward that childcare is being considered by politicians in Ireland.

Dublin City Council are to debate a motion this week that would lead to councillors being allowed bring their young children in to the chamber for meetings.

Councillors in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal hope that if the motion is passed it could lead to more women considering entering the world of politics.

Currently there are just four female councillors in Sligo, three in Donegal and four in Leitrim.

The proposal to Dublin city council came about after Green Paryt councillor Claire Byrne was told she could not bring her three-month-old son to a meeting

Independent councillor Marie Casserly, who has a number of young children, welcomed the discussion as a progressive step for Irish politics.