Monday 22 January 2018

We should stop colluding in fantasy and tell the truth

And the truth is that having children inevitably impacts on a woman's career, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Miriam O'Callaghan was dead right. It's a disgrace that, despite last week's pre-election dust- up being the fourth leaders' debate she has chaired on RTE, she's still waiting to get her journalistic teeth into a female party leader. Quite right, too, that she urged women to stop complaining about the situation and actually do something to make a difference.

Except, silly me, she didn't. O'Callaghan merely made some asinine comments to the effect that "it's difficult for women to go into politics... we have babies and society makes that difficult", before moving on to the business of the night.

What's weird is that Miriam, who stood there last Tuesday claiming that "society" (a word that can mean just about anything) does its damnedest to scupper the chances of women with babies, has eight of the little blighters at home. They're not all babies anymore, since Miriam has been repopulating south Dublin for quite some time, giving the initial ones a chance to grow up, but they were all definitely children to begin with.

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