Saturday 25 February 2017

Markievicz left a negative legacy

In response to Jessica Mullins (Letters, April 9), Constance Markievicz was not de jure a cabinet minister and should be measured by what she stood for or what she did.

As regards helping the poor, she supported 'nationalism' -- a malignant mutation of race and religion that negates critical reasoning and imposes foolish policies of self-sufficiency, which bring poverty.

Women's rights suffered: in 1924 there was a restriction on work; in 1926, the old-age pension was reduced; in 1927, the right of women to serve on juries was restricted and our 1937 Constitution stated that a woman's place was in the home.

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