Friday 22 September 2017

Leo let down women with ministerial picks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA News
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA News
Editorial

Editorial

'What would men be without women?" Mark Twain was once asked. His answer was: "Scarce, sir, very scarce." Such lucid logic could not be applied to Leinster House, where there is no scarcity of men in the line-up of junior ministers announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, but there is an obvious paucity of females.

His selection has understandably drawn fire given that Mr Varadkar has sought to champion equality. A gender-balanced Cabinet was the least that was expected.

This is not only bad form, it is bad politics. In voting terms, the Taoiseach hardly needs to be reminded that more than 50pc of the population is female, yet out of the initial 34 positions he had to fill, only seven were women.

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