First Female Bus Conductors

On 18 July 1979 the first female bus conductors started work in Ireland.

For the first time three female bus conductors were employed by CIE in Cork city. There were still no female bus conductors employed in Dublin.

The three women taken on in Cork were Geraldine Horgan, a former hospital attendant; Angela Stout, a former bus conductor on London Transport; and Maura Wallace, who holds a Diploma in Youth and Community Work. 

The women were employed under the same conditions as the male conductors, earning the same wages and wearing the same uniforms. All three women were attached to the Capwell CIE depot in Cork.

The clip presented here shows the women out on the buses as part of their training, which will continue for two weeks.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 July 1979.

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