KILDARE'S TIMES PAST: Nancy Moore sole woman candidate in elections 50 years ago

Mother of Christy Moore and Luka Bloom stressed importance of role of women in politics

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Theresa Murray takes a look back at times past in the Leinster Leader.

The only woman candidate in Kildare Constituency in the general election, Mrs Nancy Moore, Co C., TC (Fine Gael, stressed the importance of the role women could play in politics when addressing a recent meeting at Milltown, Droichead Nua, the Leinster Leader reported on April 26, 1969.

“Women play a big part in the fight for freedom but under native government our voices have been silent,” said Mrs Moore. “It is time that the nation tuned in to the women’s viewpoint.”

Mrs Moore said she was proud to be the only woman candidate in the constituency, the men of which deserved every commendation for affording her the opportunity.

She said that her election platform was a simple one — she believed that the people were the essence of politics and her ambition was to get political thinking from the grass roots rather than from the faceless experts changing the country into their own streamline idea of efficiency without giving priority to the freedom and wishes of the individual.

(Note — local politician and businesswoman Mrs Nancy Moore was also the mother of renowned singer-songwriters Christy Moore and Luka Bloom).

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