Saturday 21 October 2017

Kevin Doyle: It will hurt democracy and meritocracy, but it's a necessary evil

Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Regina Doherty were at the front of a photo taken at Government Buildings when Enda Kenny unveiled his new Cabinet
Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Regina Doherty were at the front of a photo taken at Government Buildings when Enda Kenny unveiled his new Cabinet
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

On the day Enda Kenny announced his new Cabinet, the ministers all lined up one behind the other for a photograph in the corridors of Government Buildings.

At the front was the Taoiseach, followed by Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone, Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Regina Doherty. And then there were 12 men in suits.

By putting his female ministers to the foreground of the picture Mr Kenny was disguising the fact that he had fallen well short of a promise to appoint a Cabinet that was split 50:50 in terms of gender.

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