Thursday 14 December 2017

Women in politics need real fire in their bellies

To address Dail gender imbalance, we need women who are prepared to fight all the way, writes Celia Larkin

IT was with some regret that I learned Olwyn Enright has decided to quit politics. I don't know her, but as she is one of only 23 women out of 166 TDs in Leinster House, her absence makes a disproportionate difference to the gender balance there.

In her statement Olwyn cites family reasons for retiring, implying that politics is unfriendly to women and to mothers -- "With a young family, I will not be in the position to give the enormous commitment required and that my constituents deserve."

But is politics really any more unfriendly to women (or mothers) than any other challenging job?

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