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Terry Prone: Talent, not gender is making women such as Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Chief Justice Susan Denham stand out

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Despite the Cabinet appointment of Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland is at the lower end of a world-ranking of female politicians. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Despite the Cabinet appointment of Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland is at the lower end of a world-ranking of female politicians. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Chief Justice Susan Denham

Chief Justice Susan Denham

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Despite the Cabinet appointment of Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland is at the lower end of a world-ranking of female politicians. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

FRANCES Fitzgerald was a bit busy today, tying off her work at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, briefing her successor and coming to grips with her different brief in Justice.

She will have no time to admire herself as a history-maker, although she did make history when she set up a brand new Government department from a standing start with no Cabinet experience.


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