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The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

THIS year marks 100 years since women in Ire­land won the Right to Vote so it is fit­ting that this year’s Women in Me­dia con­fer­ence will look at the past 100 years for women at the Po­lit­i­cal Sym­po­sium – one of the key favourites at the an­nual Women in Me­dia con­fer­ence ev­ery year in Bally­bunion.

The po­lit­i­cal sym­po­sium will be chaired by Mary Dun­don of the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick and the panel will in­clude for­mer Tá­naiste Mary O’Rourke and well-known so­cial cam­paigner, Nell McCaf­ferty and Dr Rhona Ma­hony Mas­ter of the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal. The 6th Women in Me­dia Con­fer­ence takes place from April 20th to 22nd and prom­ises to be another great event.

The con­fer­ence will be opened on Fri­day evening by Miriam O’Cal­laghan and founder of the an­nual event, Joan O’Con­nor along with Anne O’Leary of Voda­fone Ire­land.

“Each year we try to keep the event fresh and top­i­cal and this year once again a host of top­ics will be dis­cussed,” says founder Joan O’Con­nor.

This year`s event is book­ended by Women in Com­edy on Fri­day evening and a dis­cus­sion of the chal­lenges fac­ing ado­les­cents to­day on Sun­day the 22.

In be­tween there are a host of firm favourites like the Po­lit­i­cal Sym­po­sium and the Women in Me­dia Panel chaired by Katie Han­non of Prime Time. This panel will also in­clude Ca­tri­ona Perry from RTE and will look at how to re­build the trust in the me­dia.

Rachael English will also be a spe­cial guest at this year’s Women in Me­dia Con­fer­ence.

On Sun­day, Ed­i­tor in Chief of In­de­pen­dent News and Me­dia, Stephan Rae will mean­while close the con­fer­ence.

Each year an award is pre­sented to a de­serv­ing woman jour­nal­ist in hon­our of the late Mary Cum­mins a for­mer Ir­ish Times jour­nal­ist and Seanad Éire­ann reporter and this year for the first time an award will also be pre­sented in mem­ory of the late Joan Ken­nelly of Kerry’s Eye news­pa­per. The sixth Women in Me­dia con­fer­ence will take place on Fri­day April 20, to Sun­day 22nd April 2018.

Katie Han­non, Miriam O’Cal­laghan and Voda­fone Ire­land CEO Anne O’Leary at the launch of the Women in Me­dia re­cently.

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