Friday 20 January 2017

Women don't need gender quotas to succeed in politics

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin

As someone who fell out of love with Fianna Fáil in recent years, particularly during the Brian Cowen era, I still find myself admiring the determination of some of those who lost their seats to try to rise again.

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The Irish love to see business people who have fallen on hard times make it again, yet there's scant regard for politicians who do the same. I see Mary Hanafin narrowly missed out on a nomination but I have little doubt that we will see her back in Dáil Eireann, possibly one day even leading the "Soldiers of Destiny" back to the promised land.

This poses another question: how did she rise in politics in a time when the word "quota" was only used when discussing farming?

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