5 December 2020

Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality

5 December 2020

The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Saturday’s Proceedings

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

Members give feedback from breakout rooms

Each breakout group nominated a member to give feedback from their discussion.

A video of this feedback is available here & transcript is available here.

Morning Session

Dr Catherine Day opened the morning session

Her opening remarks can be viewed here. 

The Economist – The benefits of paternity leave

Members heard a short video from The Economist on the benefits of paternity leave, video can be viewed here.

Dr Mary Murphy, Maynooth University

Dr Mary Murphy delivers her presentation on Work and Social Protection, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. Dr Murphy also provided papers on Making activation work for WomenA Women’s model for social welfare reformThe Future of the Irish Social Welfare System: Participation and Protection (NESC) and Pensions: What Women want.

Dr Adele Whelan, ESRI

Dr Adele Whelan delivers her presentation on Gender Gap in Retirement Incomes, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. Dr Whelan also provided a paper on ESRI Research, Gender, Pensions and Income in Retirement, accompanied by an infographic.


Dr Mary Murphy and Dr Adele Whelan answered questions posed by Assembly members during a Q&A session. The video can be watched here. 

Lived Experience

A video of this discussion where speakers shared their personal experiences can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name.

Advocacy panel: Work & Pay

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name.

Dr Eoin O’Malley, Dublin City University

Dr Eoin O’Malley delivers his presentation on Making Public Policy, Making Policy Work, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Christopher Ryan, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Christopher Ryan delivers his presentation on Focused Policy Assessment: Paid Parents’ Leave Scheme, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation & paper.

Afternoon Session

Dr Catherine Day introduced the afternoon session

Her remarks can be viewed here.

The citizens then moved into their breakout groups

Advocacy: St Vincent de Paul

Dr Tricia Keilthy delivers a perspective from St Vincent de Paul, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

After their discussions members returned for a plenary session where, Dr Catherine Day concluded the Second Work meeting

The Chair’s closing remarks can be viewed here. 

Citizens also received a summary paper prepared by the Secretariat.

Click here to view additional questions responded to by speakers.