Saturday 10 December 2016

Equality first casualty as Enda breaks promise

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

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All day long, I had a sinking feeling that I might need to quote Enda Kenny's words back at him. I hoped I was wrong and that he'd remember his promise - it was given less than five months ago, after all.

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But as soon as his new Cabinet followed him into the Dáil chamber, it was clear that Enda had broken his word. Not a promising omen so early in the life of the 32nd Dáil.

"If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a Cabinet, it will be a 50-50 on merit of men and women," Enda pledged in December. And it came to pass. He did have the opportunity to choose a Cabinet.

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