Why is it all right for a male minister to cry when it's career suicide for a woman?
If a female minister routinely became emotional in public she would be derided as hysterical and hounded from office. Why is it different for a man?
Delivering a speech on acute medicine this week, Health Minister James Reilly, below, appeared to become emotional.
As he spoke about changes to the health service, which had been prompted by Savita Halappanavar's death, his voice faltered. It's not the first time the minister has battled his emotions at a public engagement.
Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.
Independent.ie Comments Facility
INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.
We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie