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- PublicationChanging Economic and Social Worlds of Irish Women(New Island Books, 2008-02-25)We have just lived through a decade of enormous change in the economic and social position of Irish women. From a traditional position in which the majority of women were carers - unpaid carers - women now occupy the dual role of carer-earner. The majority of women are now in paid employment, including women with children, married women and a significant proportion of women lone parents. This has meant huge changes in women's lives, changes which have been brought about by the decisions and choices of thousands of individual women, despite the lack of policies or support systems to facilitate such change. This chapter explores some of the key aspects of the economic and social policy frameworks that shape, and sometimes determine, the changing patterns of Irish women's lives.
- PublicationGender Equality in Ireland 2015(European Parliament, 2015)Upon request by the FEMM Committee, this paper explores changes in gender equality legislation, policies and practices in Ireland with particular emphasis on the period from 2012-2015. Gender equality infrastructure, gender gaps in employment, unemployment, poverty and pay rates are analysed and women’s level of participation in political, economic and administrative decision-making in Ireland is detailed. Provision of childcare services, as well as the extent to which gender dimensions are taken into account in health and welfare policies, are also examined.
- PublicationGender equality and economic crisis: Ireland and EU(Routledge, 2017-08)This chapter explores gender dimensions to the austerity policies which have been pursued across the EU over the recent economic crisis years, with particular attention to Ireland. From a gender equality standpoint, it is interesting to examine the extent to which there are common gender dimensions to the policy processes that have been pursued across the EU. There is a definite gender dimension to the policies that have been implemented, both in Ireland and across the EU, through the years of the crisis and the adoption of austerity policies (Barry and Conroy 2013). This chapter looks at the Irish situation but also takes a comparative perspective drawing on analyses of core policies at EU level, exploring the gender patterns evident in the way in which economic and social policies have been developed and implemented and their consequences from a gender equality perspective (Rubery and Karmessini 2013; ENEGE 2013; Oxfam 2013; Trefell 2012).
- PublicationWork-life balance : The Irish National ReportExternal report commissioned by and presented to the EU Directorate-General Employment and Social Affairs, Unit G1 'Equality between Women and Men'
- PublicationGender mainstreaming in Ireland. An analysis of employment policies from a gender perspective
- PublicationChanging economic and social worlds of Irish women(TASC at New Island Press, 2008-03)This chapter analyses the changing social and economic position of Irish women over the two decades from 1990s with a focus on role of women as 'carer-earner'. The position of women in relation to paid employment, unpaid work, income and poverty are explored with particular reference to lone parents and women with disabilities.
- PublicationNational expert assessment of the gender perspective in the National Reform Programme for Employment. Ireland(University College Dublin. School of Social Justice, 2008-10)National Expert Assessment of the Gender Perspective in the NRP for Employment commissioned by and presented to the EU Directorate General Employment and Social Affaires, Unit G1 "Equality between women and men"
- PublicationNational expert assessment of the gender perspective in the National Report on Strategies for Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2006 – The Irish National Report