Saturday 19 August 2017

Why is it all right for a male minister to cry when it's career suicide for a woman?

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly pictured while on a visit Oberstown Centre in Lusk North County Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly pictured while on a visit Oberstown Centre in Lusk North County Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

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.

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