Monday 23 January 2017

Mary Kenny: A self-professed feminist who was devoted to women in his life

Published 20/05/2011 | 05:00

THE late Garret FitzGerald was sometimes described as a feminist, in that he sought to advance the liberation of women.

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He certainly thought of himself as a feminist, and in his own life, he never omitted the influence of his mother, and never failed to show both devotion and respect to his wife: and if we judge a man by his actions more than his words, he certainly passed that test.

He also actively sought to bring women into politics and was both mentor and guide to Gemma Hussey and the late Nuala Fennell, who had such successful political careers under his stewardship. With the full support and encouragement of Garret, Nuala brought through a bill which abolished the archaic status of illegitimacy in Ireland, which had previously stigmatised those born outside of marriage.

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