The 'reform' discussion seems to have fixated on the idea that more women TDs will mean better laws. This is nonsense. Our problem is that a small group of political families and a certain set of professions supply most of our TDs. Measures to bring in more women, without other reforms, will just result in more women solicitors and teachers becoming TDs, and more daughters from political families entering the dail, and fewer sons.
Thus, no real change.
What we need are more scientists, engineers, and other professions, regardless of their gender. We need more numerate TDs. More TDs with professional life experience, and fewer TDs who have inherited their father/mother's seat at a young age.
I'd like to see the age limit raised to 30, to ensure that all TDs had a life and career before politics. I'd also like to see training programs and funding to get people from underrepresented professions to make the jump. Currently, the only practical way to learn the nitty-grity 'how' of entering politics in Ireland is to have political relatives who can teach you. Its like an old medieval trade, passed from father to son. It wont change anything just swap sons for daughters.
We need to professionalise politics.