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Hosted by Ciara Phelan

Hosted by Ciara Phelan


United Kingdom


Hosted by Ciara Phelan






6: Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu joins me to wrap up series one of The Glass Ceiling podcast. Ms Chu discusses suffering from depression in her teens right into early adulthood. After the loss of a friend, Ms Chu went travelling before returning home to Ireland and later decided to get involved in politics. The mother of one discusses suffering from postnatal depression and chats about her journey through what she said was a difficult pregnancy because she suffered from severe...


5: Anne Rabbitte

In a very raw and honest interview, Fianna Fail Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte discusses losing her husband Paddy in 2011 when their three children were under the age of 9. The TD for Galway East who was just 37 at the time of her husband’s death chats about how she copes with grief and what her life was like with Paddy. She speaks about the fire in her belly which pushed her to seek election after Paddy had passed away and how she has managed balancing both family...


4: Helen McEntee

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee joins The Glass Ceiling to discuss the recent announcement about her maternity leave. Ms McEntee is the first member of Cabinet to be pregnant while in office in the history of the State. She chats about how she is feeling about becoming a mother for the first time and preparing for the arrival of her baby in May. Earlier this year, the Minister commenced legislation which tackles the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. The Fine Gael...


3: Frances Fitzgerald

MEP Frances Fitzgerald joins The Glass Ceiling to discuss the inequalities facing women in society. She speaks about her report that was recently adopted by the European Parliament which explores the gender perspectives in the Covid-19 crisis. Ms Fitzgerald who worked as a social worker prior to her political career, talks about domestic violence and the factors that fuel it - including power and alcohol. The Fine Gael politician reflects on her career to date having held numerous...


2: Mary Lou McDonald

In the first episode, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald gives a very personal insight into the highs and lows she has faced so far during her political career. She discusses making history as the first woman to lead the Opposition in Ireland and also why she believes the country is ready for a female Taoiseach. The TD for Dublin Central outlines what she wants to change as she claims the current political system is very detached from everyday life. With political life comes public...