It’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve been a bit tardy in getting more blogs on the brilliant Women For Election Equip Bootcamp up – so I’m delighted that they’ve put up an overview of the three days for you all to read.
Another of the very memorable speeches at the Equip Camp came from Mary O’Rourke. I didn’t know that the hotel we stayed in, the Hodson Bay, was originally the home of the Lenihan Family, but there you go… You learn something new every day. I couldn’t help but wonder how Mary felt giving all these young – and not so young – women advice on going into politics, in what used to be her childhood home. Even though – as a child of a “coalition family” and a lifelong Labour voter (up to recently) – I would never have voted for either Mary Harney or Mary O’Rourke’s political parties, they both did superb work for women and families while in office. And they continue to support women in politics today – of all parties and none.
One of the most beneficial sessions of the three days came from Women for Election co- founder, Niamh Gallagher, on fundraising.
How bloody hard is it to raise funds – to ask people for money – when you’re not a member of an established party with a political budget? Very. Bloody. Hard. And I have to admit that I’ve been putting it off. Yes, where asking for cash goes, I am the Queen of Procrastination. But the time for putting it on the long finger has gone. I need to get out and about my constituency with leaflets and cards explaining who I am and why I think that people should vote for me (No 1 of course). And that all costs money. So Niamh’s class was much appreciated.Read More »