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Hosted by Ciara Phelan

Hosted by Ciara Phelan


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Hosted by Ciara Phelan






S2 Ep5: Sinn Féin's Pauline Tully on the horrific stabbing by her ex-husband

Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan Pauline Tully is the guest on the final episode of this series of The Glass Ceiling. A single parent to Pearse, 12, and Eoghan, 9, Pauline lives in rural Cavan where she grew up on a small farm. She is also Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability and Carers and a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters. Pauline discusses the horrific attack by her ex-husband that left her fighting for her life, how she and her family came to terms with the...


S2 Ep4: Eileen Flynn on mental health crises in Traveller communities

Senator Eileen Flynn joins Ciara Phelan on this week's festive episode of The Glass Ceiling. Eileen talks about being an advocate of Traveller rights within the Irish political system, as well as juggling family life with that of a sitting Senator. From the experience of a being a child on a Dublin halting site to her experience on committees in Leinster House, Eileen's is a unique journey. She also talks about the mental health crises facing Traveller communities, and moving from her...


S2 Ep3: Holly Cairns on fighting for farmers and ensuring women's healthcare

This week on The Glass Ceiling, Ciara Phelan speak to Holly Cairns - TD for Cork South-West for Social Democrats. Holly speaks about the need to advocate for those based in the countryside, and her experience of growing up on a farm. She also talks about her first eighteen months in the Dáil and gender equality within its walls. Subscribe to the pod below - with a new episode every Monday, and access to our archives: - Google Podcasts - Spotify - Apple


S21 Ep2: Lisa Chambers: recovering from electoral setbacks & COVID maternity

Fianna Fáil senator Lisa Chambers joins episode 2 of the second series of The Glass Ceiling with Ciara Phelan. Lisa discusses her life in the Defence Forces, entering the Dáil as a female TD, and the setback of not being re-elected. A recent mother to her first child, Lisa discusses the experience of going into labour during the depths of COVID lockdown, and how it affected her approach to issues that affect women. We look at the distances still to travel, as well as the...


S2 Ep1: Josepha Madigan on her sexual assault experience and life as a TD

Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan joins Ciara Phelan to kick off season two of The Glass Ceiling. Josepha prompted a national conversation when she talked about her experience of being a survivor of sexual assault. She talks about her decision to do that, the impact on her family, and what it means to be able to engage with voters. She talks about the experience of being a female in the public eye, the experience of legislating...


S2 Ep1: Series 2 of The Glass Ceiling - starting Monday 13 December

The Glass Ceiling is back, as Ciara Phelan meets some of the most influential women on the Irish political scene. Ciara is the political correspondent for the Irish Mirror, and in series two she will find out what makes some of Ireland's most recognisable women tick. We look at the triumphs and the setbacks, as well as the issues that are uniquely experienced by women in politics. In episode one, we meet Fine Gael Minister of State at the Department of Education, Josepha Madigan....


S1 Ep6: 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...


S1 Ep5: 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...


S1 Ep4: 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...


S1 Ep3: 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...


S1 Ep2: 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...


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