Woman of Year Maire beats off some stiff competition
EUROPEAN Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn last night beat off high-profile competition to be crowned 'Irish Tatler' Woman of the Year.
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn received the accolade at a plush ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in front of 400 spectators.
The awards, in their 10th year, recognise the extraordinary achievements of leading Irish women in business, media and entertainment.
Sporting a fetching blue suit, the brunette former Justice Minister received her award from Nora Casey, the chief executive of Harmonia, which publishes 'Irish Tatler' magazine.
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn, who has responsibility for the Research, Innovation and Science portfolio in the commission, said she would like to see more women enter politics.
"I think we bring a different attitude to politics and a different aspect, which is very important," she said.
"I have been following the discussions going on in Leinster House and they seem to be saying you have less women involved than in the past and that we need to make a push to get women involved. I certainly would be very supportive of that."
But she said she still hadn't been sold on the idea of a quota system to get more female TDs in to the Dail.
She insisted she was still holding out hope for a female Taoiseach -- saying it would be "wonderful".
Other winners at the event included legendary film star Maureen O'Hara, who clinched the Hall of Fame Award; and broadcaster Claire Byrne, who scooped the Media Award.
The award for Sporting Woman of the Year went to the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships winner Katie Taylor.
Sarah Bolger scooped the award for Film and Drama and Imelda May took the Music Award.