Politics

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Tanaiste: 'I want to see more women holding ministerial positions'

Niall O'Connor

Published 16/07/2014|10:22

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1/5/2013; Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., and Joan Burton, T.D., Minister for Social Protection at the launch of an independent evaluation of the JobBridge Scheme which demonstrates the internship scheme is amongest the most successful in Europe. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers

TANAISTE Joan Burton has said that there should be more women holding ministerial office.

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Ms Burton said that Labour has produced more female ministers than Fine Gael - but admitted the government's record could be improved.

The Labour leader was responding to deep criticism of the Taoiseach by his female TDs and senators.

"His appointments are a matter for Enda Kenny but I've always spoken about the desirability of promoting women, and have women and men in a balance in a whole range of jobs,"she told Today FM news.

"Would I like to see more? Of course the answer is always yes.

"But I'm glad that of the seven women in government at senior level, two now at cabinet table and the Attorney General, that in fact the Labour party has produced far and away the vast majority of those."

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