Sunday 21 January 2018

Gender quotas have the potential to wreak political chaos

"Richard Bruton was the first obvious casualty of the insane and patronising policy of giving the Sisters a leg up, when he was cast out of his own party's selection convention in Dublin Bay North because members knew they had to have a woman on the ticket" (Image: Gareth Chaney Collins)
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

The road to Hell may indeed be paved with good intentions, but the road to mediocrity is signposted by gender quotas.

Once it was announced that all political parties would have to ensure that at least 30pc of their candidates were female, or lose State funding, another nail was hammered into the coffin of our democracy.

Of course, in a country which now labours under a profoundly unhealthy and divisive obsession with identity and gender politics, it was always likely that any attempt to artificially rig the candidate list would lead to chaos, and that's the situation Fine Gael now find themselves embroiled in.

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