Women don't need gender quotas to succeed in politics
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.
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?