Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lise Hand: Mary, being female does not make you incompetent

Published 26/02/2010 | 05:00

IN AN instant cabinet reshuffle, Mary Coughlan assigned herself the portfolio Minister for Offence. She glared at Fine Gael's Charlie Flanagan across the chamber floor.

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"If you want to throw a condescending sexist remark across the House, fine," she sniffed. "That is very much the calibre of yourself, Deputy Flanagan, and I would expect more of you after all these years in the House."

Goodness. What had cheeky Charlie said to the Tanaiste to provoke such a reaction? Had he told her to go and make him a nice cup of tea, like a good girl, and leave the running of the country to the menfolk?

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