John Drennan: The Dail failed Olwyn, and us
Olwyn Enright's exit is an example of the ongoing flight of talent from Irish politics, writes John Drennan
THE day I first saw Olwyn Enright, she was draped seductively across what appeared to be a row of Toyota Corolla cars. Before you get too intrigued, it was a bright summer evening in the respectable ascendancy town of Birr, and the occasion was the infinitely respectable one of a Fine Gael campaign launch.
In the aftermath of Enright's announcement of her departure from politics, there was much talk about gender quotas and how politics fails women.
In fact, the far more depressing feature of Olwyn's exit is that it is yet another example of the ongoing flight of talent from Irish politics.