Friday 22 September 2017

It would be reverse sexism if we rejected John McNulty simply because he is a man

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets with conventional World champion plougher Eamon Tracey from Carlow on the final day of the 2014 National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photo:Mark Condren
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets with conventional World champion plougher Eamon Tracey from Carlow on the final day of the 2014 National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photo:Mark Condren
David Quinn

David Quinn

There are two aspects to the row over Enda Kenny's nomination of John McNulty as the Fine Gael candidate for a vacant seat in the Seanad. There is the way he did it and there is the fact that Kenny passed over three women to do so even though McNulty, if elected would replace a woman, namely Deirdre Clune.

The way Kenny did it smacks of cronyism. Senator Fidelma Healy Eames called it "the greatest cynical stroke in politics in recent times".

McNulty has now resigned from the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), to which he was appointed, prior to becoming a candidate for the Seanad's Cultural and Education Panel.

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