According to the 2012 Global Gender Gap, as measured by the World Economic Forum (Ireland 'better place' for women than UK - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 24, 2012), Ireland is ranked fifth in the world for equality between women and men based on four criteria:
Economic participation and opportunity
Health and survival
The UK is 18th while the USA is 26th. There are still areas where women lag behind men, such as earnings and Oireachtas representation, but we are obviously to the fore in eliminating the gender gap and the momentum appears to be upward as we moved from tenth to fifth in the past six years. Thus, the drive for women's rights in Ireland is embedded in our society and is unstoppable.
So, is Irish feminism's work done? Is Irish feminism now irrelevant?