Thursday 20 July 2017

Backlash against Enda over gender isn't fair – we've a historic level of women in Cabinet

Heather Humphreys, Fine Gael deputy for Cavan-Monaghan, at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Heather Humphreys, Fine Gael deputy for Cavan-Monaghan, at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

IT might be surprising but I don't share in the media clamour about the Taoiseach's failure to appoint any women to the junior ministerial ranks this week.

There have been rather exaggerated headlines of females being "snubbed, shocked and miffed" and of Fine Gael women "left out in the cold" in the recent reshuffle of junior ministers.

Colour writers paint a picture of "Angry Birds". Interesting how it never takes long for the misogyny to emerge albeit masked in humour.

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