Sunday 22 October 2017

Female TDs serve the interests of all Irish men and women

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton with her
daughter Aoife at Leinster House
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton with her daughter Aoife at Leinster House

The 50:50 Group, of which I am a member, has deliberately adopted an intersectional approach in order to advance women's political representation, and in a way which serves the interests of all men and women in Irish society -- irrespective of class, sexuality, race/ethnicity and so forth.

As a woman, I combine family commitments with a full-time career, as do other many other men and women. Incidentally, I absolutely affirm the right of any individual to organise their familial/care responsibilities in a way that is most appropriate for them.

The author seems to suggest that, if elected, as a female public representative I would only represent my class and gender interests. I find this point rather perplexing. Any public representative should be able to put aside their wider needs and interests and represent any individual without fear or favour, or be in thrall to powerful vested interests.

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