Wednesday 13 December 2017

I'm sick to death of women TDs' endless whining

Politics is tough for men as well -- but you don't hear them whingeing about it, writes Emer O'Kelly

Olwyn Enright is bowing out; Liz McManus is bowing out; Mary Upton is bowing out. One Fine Gael and two Labour Party women TDs have all decided to call it a day and will not be contesting the next general election.

McManus is possibly approaching what is usually seen as 'normal' retirement age. The same is possibly true of Dr Mary Upton. Enright, however, is comparatively recently married and is expecting her second baby. She's not exactly in her dotage. Nor, I hasten to add, is either of the other two.

But once again, we've started to hear the tired old arguments and defensive excuses about how difficult it is for a woman to be a TD, what with family responsibilities and everything else.

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