Wednesday 18 October 2017

Terry Prone: Talent, not gender is making women such as Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Chief Justice Susan Denham stand out

08/05/2014 The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD makes her first public appearance as Minister for Justice and Equality since Alan Shatter resigned yesterday. She was phoned by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny at 6am today to ask her to take up the post to which she accepted. She was pictured speaking at Government buildings, Merrion St., Dublin 2. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
08/05/2014 The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD makes her first public appearance as Minister for Justice and Equality since Alan Shatter resigned yesterday. She was phoned by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny at 6am today to ask her to take up the post to which she accepted. She was pictured speaking at Government buildings, Merrion St., Dublin 2. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Chief Justice Susan Denham

FRANCES Fitzgerald was a bit busy today, tying off her work at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, briefing her successor and coming to grips with her different brief in Justice.

She will have no time to admire herself as a history-maker, although she did make history when she set up a brand new Government department from a standing start with no Cabinet experience.

She made history again yesterday. Not by being the first female Minister for Justice. Fianna Fail's Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, now the EU Commissioner, had that honour, and set the bar high for all successors irrespective of gender.

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