O'Rourke: I never broke through the glass ceiling
THE former minister and deputy leader of Fianna Fail, Mary O'Rourke, has rejected the notion that she was one of the Irish women who had broken through the so-called glass ceiling.
Mrs O'Rourke held portfolios in health, education and public enterprise during her 20-year career in Dail Eireann and later became leader of Seanad Eireann.
But she insisted that she never regarded herself as a woman who had broken through in a male-dominated world.
She told an audience at the fifth Percy French Festival in Castlecoote House, Co Roscommon, that at the time she was progressing her career she was not even aware of the term 'glass ceiling'.
"Of course it's a male world, but we never used that term," she said. "There was no glass ceiling as far as I was concerned. We were simply doing a job as ministers.
"It never entered my head and yes, I do find it difficult to explain to people."