National Symposium: Rising to the Challenge - Addressing Ireland's Gender Pay Gap

10 January 2018, Iveagh House, Dublin 2

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, hosted a symposium on the gender pay gap in Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Jointly hosted by the Departments of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and of Justice and Equality, the symposium brought together over 130 participants including politicians, senior policymakers, business representatives, trades unions and academics, and was moderated by broadcaster and journalist Cathal Mac Coille. Minister Flanagan briefed attendees on the submissions received to the public consultation held between August and October 2017 seeking views on measures to tackle the gender pay gap. The symposium also heard from Mr Andy Klom, Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Dublin, about the initiatives under consideration in the European Commission to address the gender pay gap, and from Eurofound about its recent research.

Documents: Symposium Programme and Summary of Public Consultation.

Contributions by speakers:

Session One: The gender pay gap - a time for leadership.

Link to speeches by Minister Flanagan and Minister Humphreys.

Session Two: Understanding the context and finding the gap

Morgan O'Donnell, CSO
Dr Micheál Collins, UCD
Dr Caroline Murphy and Dr Christine Cross, UL
Dr Isabella Biletta and Dr Christine Aumayr-Pintar, Eurofound

Session Three: Rising to the challenge - finding solutions and closing the gap

Orla O'Connor, Director, NWCI
Áine Myler, Director General, Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland
Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland
Dr Kara McGann, Senior Labour Market Policy Executive, Ibec
Patricia King, General Secretary, ICTU
Emma Kerins, EU and International Affairs Manager, Chambers Ireland
Senator Ivana Bacik
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner, IHREC

Session Four: Closing remarks

Link to speech by Minister Stanton.

Links to Government Press releases of 6 January 2018 and 10 January 2018.