Tuesday 17 January 2017

Don't let the scarves fool you for a moment - Cunningham still has an old-school approach

The AGSI president's funky, modern image is in stark contrast to her hard stance on Garda strikes

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

President of AGSI, Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys
President of AGSI, Antoinette Cunningham Photo: Steve Humphreys

The T-shirts were everywhere for a while, all bearing the slogan: "This is what a feminist looks like." Famous names from Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch to Barack Obama were pictured wearing them in an effort to challenge the dumb stereotype of feminists as hairy, overweight, man-hating harpies.

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Someone should start making similar T-shirts saying: "This is what a trade unionist looks like," then get Antoinette Cunningham, president of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI), to wear one - because in recent days she's been single-handedly challenging some stereotypes of her own.

Everyone knows what Irish trade unionists are meant to look like - male, long in the tooth, not as svelte as they used to be, possibly a little red-faced from all those meetings in smoke-filled rooms.

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