Saturday 23 September 2017

Comment: Now more than ever, it is vital that women's voices are heard in the media

Outstanding: RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan presents Dearbhail McDonald with her latest award Photo: Domnick Walsh
Outstanding: RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan presents Dearbhail McDonald with her latest award Photo: Domnick Walsh
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Almost 50 years ago Mary Cummins, a pioneering journalist from Ballybunion in Co Kerry, wrote an article in the Irish Times detailing the conditions at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, especially for working class women.

The article by Mary Cummins, who in 1991 was appointed as the Irish Times ‘Women’s Affairs Correspondent’ , prompted a backlash in the Letters to the Editor page, with one letter writer berating the paper for “reducing itself to publishing such penny rag sensationalism”.

Mary Cummins (a hugely talented political writer) had, in fact, merely borne honest witness to - and shared with the public - the degrading conditions women at that time endured when they gave birth.

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