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.
"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?