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Saturday 23 August 2014

Taoiseach insists: 'I'm committed to increasing women representatives'

Criticised for lack of women promoted to junior ministerial ranks this week

Published 17/07/2014 | 13:32

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended his decision not to appoint any women to the junior ministerial ranks.

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Mr Kenny came under fire from a number of TDs at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night over the appointment of ministers.

All of the appointments from the Fine Gael were men, while just one female TD was promoted by Labour leader Joan Burton.

Speaking in Dublin this afternoon, Mr Kenny said the government is "very committed to increasing the number of women representatives in politics."

The Taoiseach told reporters that the number of female cabinet ministers is the highest since the foundation of the State.  Mr Kenny also indicated that his decisions regarding the junior ministers was influenced by geography.

"It's not about an individual reshuffle. The job given government, the two parties in government, both Fine Gael and Labour,  is fix our public finances and to get our country working. In that sense, you need a team across the country and across the general divided."

Mr Kenny pointed out that parties will be fined heavily if they do reach a 30pc quota of female candidates at the next general election.

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