SIPTU Health members mark centenary of women’s suffrage
This weekend (Friday 27th, July and Saturday, 28th July) the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon (SLR) District Council marked the centenary of women’s suffrage at the 2nd Annual Markievicz/Partridge seminar in Lissadell House, county Sligo.
SIPTU Honorary President, and Health Division member, Padraig Peyton, said: “This event was organised by our Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council members to mark 100 years of the achievements made by women in the Irish trade union movement and politics. Markievicz has a very important association with our union. Our annual summer school is designed to recognise the contribution she made to the trade union movement, Irish freedom and women in politics.
He added: “Constance Markievicz has inspired countless disenfranchised women to get involved in politics and activism down the years so it is also fitting that we told the story of these women at our annual Markievicz/Partridge seminar.”
SIPTU SLR District Council Vice Chair, Anja Boger, said: “As a district council, we are so proud to host such a special event for the working class women and men of the north-west region. There is a longstanding and deep bond between Constance Markievicz and the people of the North West. Lissadell House is her ancestral home and this weekend we honoured our common bond on the centenary of her election to parliament.”