Stormont female representation doubles to just over one-quarter

There is some good news on gender representation in parliament following the elections in Northern Ireland last week. The Belfast Telegraph reports:

A record-breaking number of female MLAs were returned to Stormont in last week's Assembly election - 30 compared to just 20 in the 2011 poll. That's a 50% rise in female representation.
It's also the highest number of women to take seats in Parliament Buildings since the political institutions were established under the Good Friday Agreement. Female MLAs will now make up 28% of the Assembly compared to 19% in 2011. In the first Assembly election in 1998, only 14 women were returned - comprising just 13% of the chamber.

The new female MLAs are making history in the journey toward equal gender representation for the Stormont.