Saturday 25 February 2017

Men need political quotas all of their own

If they had quotas then we could focus on why men are over-represented in the ranks of our politicians

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

'MOVABLE FEAST’: That’s how John O’Mahony TD described himself over a possible move to the Galway West constituency in the forthcoming election
'MOVABLE FEAST’: That’s how John O’Mahony TD described himself over a possible move to the Galway West constituency in the forthcoming election

Who knew? Who could have even guessed (on past evidence) that the very first year gender quotas are introduced into Irish electoral politics there would be a veritable avalanche, a deluge even, of brilliantly capable men who now face discrimination as they scramble to get a party nomination for next year's general election.

It's all de wimmin's fault, of course. Those pesky new rules which say that political parties must field at least 30pc female candidates or face financial consequences just haven't considered the impact that they will have on our country's most talented citizens - yes, that would be the men.

Just this week a constituency colleague of the Taoiseach, John O'Mahony TD, complained that he had been asked by Fine Gael headquarters to move to Galway West ahead of the general election. Galway West? Oh, the shame.

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