Monday 20 February 2017

Editorial: Women do not forget, Enda

Published 20/07/2014 | 02:30

Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and the Cabinet
Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and the Cabinet

One would think an expert in women's issues such as our Taoiseach would be aware of the old saying that 'a stitch in time saves nine'. Whatever about the art of darning, Mr Kenny certainly knows now that the failure to stitch a single female deputy into his selection of nine junior ministers, has created some very sloppy political embroidery.

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If the Cabinet reshuffle was the starting gun for election 2016, the absence of any room in the political inn for new women, meant the Taoiseach managed to shoot himself in both feet before he even reached the start line.

It is often argued that tokenism is not an adequate policy for enhancing the role of women in society and politics. When it comes to Enda and women, however, whatever the political disconnect is, this administration is struggling to even reach the lowlands of tokenism.

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