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Fingal Women’s Caucus welcomes introduction of free sanitary products in Council buildings

The Fingal Women’s Caucus has welcomed the work being done by Fingal County Council to introduce free sanitary products into Council buildings, including libraries and community centres.


It follows the passing of a motion from Cllr Pamela Conroy at last April’s Council meeting which stated: “That this Council recognises the existence of period poverty and provides free period products in Council buildings, including libraries, in line with Dublin City Council, Wexford County Council and Wicklow County Council.”

The Council, which had found there was a demand for free sanitary products following a pilot project in three community centres, has, following the passing of Cllr Conroy’s motion, commenced the procurement of sanitary products. It plans to initially install sanitary product units in County Hall, Swords and the Civic Offices in Blanchardstown before expanding the free service to include other public buildings such as community centres and libraries.

Cllr Conroy said: “I am delighted to see that the Council has reacted positively to my motion and are planning to make sanitary products available, free of charge, to the public in all our public buildings including community centres and libraries. The availability of sanitary products is recognised as a necessity for women and there is evidence that period poverty, which is the struggle to pay for basic sanitary products on a monthly basis, has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Making sanitary products available in public buildings will make a big difference to the lives of women and girls across Fingal.”

The Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus, Cllr Karen Power, said: “Cllr Conroy’s motion, which I seconded, was passed unanimously by the Council in April and it was refreshing to see such widespread support for an initiative that is extremely important to women, who make up half the population of Fingal. The Caucus plans to focus on identifying issues that affect women in Fingal and looking at how best it can assist in resolving them.”

The Caucus also called on the public and media to base their perception of public representatives on the work they do rather than what they wear. The call follows recent commentary on the attire and appearance of public representatives by some sections of the media.

“Public representatives should be judged on what they say and do rather than what they wear and how they look,” said Cllr Power. “The Caucus feels that we should encouraging more people to enter local and national politics and commentary like this not only makes it more difficult to attract people into standing for election but can also lead to those already involved deciding to leave politics.”

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For further information contact Cllr Karen Power, Chairperson, Fingal County Council Women’s Caucus. Mobile: 089 965 4529. Email: Karen.power@cllrs.fingal.ie