Thursday 22 February 2018

Equality first casualty as Enda breaks promise

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

All day long, I had a sinking feeling that I might need to quote Enda Kenny's words back at him. I hoped I was wrong and that he'd remember his promise - it was given less than five months ago, after all.

But as soon as his new Cabinet followed him into the Dáil chamber, it was clear that Enda had broken his word. Not a promising omen so early in the life of the 32nd Dáil.

"If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a Cabinet, it will be a 50-50 on merit of men and women," Enda pledged in December. And it came to pass. He did have the opportunity to choose a Cabinet.

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