President elect Mary Robinson praises the voluntary commitment given by women to services in their communities not provided by the State.

There was a standing ovation for Mary Robinson before her address to the Women’s Political Association conference at a packed ballroom in Jury’s Hotel in Dublin.  

A founder member of the association twenty years ago Mary Robinson also served as its first president, and credited it as being one of the significant roots in the development of her role in public life.  

During her presidential campaign she has seen the role women have played in developing communities through their own self-development, but the reality is that the State has been relying on them to provide public services, 

It's almost as though we have a black economy there, that hasn't been appreciated.

An increase in preschool care provision by the State would be welcomed, says Mary Robinson, praising the women who at present are filling that gap through their voluntary efforts,  

What is wonderful about it is the energy that is there, the generosity of spirit, the commitment to sustain it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 November 1990. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.