Thursday 23 November 2017

Liz O'Donnell: Supreme Court grants women their rights, not our politicians

THE Government's appointment of two female High Court judges to the Supreme Court is a timely move which recognises not only the calibre of the two lawyers concerned – Ms Justice Mary Laffoy and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne – but is also an important statement of diversity.

For many years, women have been competing and excelling at the Bar and as solicitors, to the extent that if current trends continue, female barristers will outnumber male colleagues within 10 years.

The dearth of women in positions of public authority and leadership in Ireland is a persistent concern, but all the signs are that women are increasingly rising to the top of their chosen careers and professions based on merit. The posts of Chief Justice, Attorney General, DPP and Chief State Solicitor are held by women.

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