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Paula Bradley and Megan Fearon attend meeting of female parliamentarians together in Dublin

DUP MLA Paula Bradley with deputy leader of the Republic's Green Party Catherine Martin and Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon

A DUP MLA joined a meeting of female parliamentarians in Dublin today to discuss "challenges facing women around the world".

Paula Bradley attended the first International Congress of Parliamentary Women's Caucuses, along with Sinn Féin's Megan Fearon, at Dublin Castle.

The pair are the chair and deputy chair respectively of the Assembly caucus.

Speakers at today's meeting included Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, historian and author Mary Beard and former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman who said Labour's next leader must be a woman.

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Ms Fearon tweeted that she and Ms Bradley were attending the conference.

The congress was set up to discuss how parliamentarians can work to address issues facing women across the world.

The event was set up to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote in Ireland and Britain.

In his speech, Mr Varadkar said the Republic will establish a "further Citizens' Assembly to see what we can do to further female equality".

He also reiterated his government's commitment to ensuring women in the north have access to abortions, following the Republic's referendum to change its strict law on terminations earlier this year.

 

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