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Dáil Éireann shamefully remains a man's world - and guess who reaps the benefit?

Martina Devlin


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Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and the DUP’s Arlene Foster are working together against the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/PA

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and the DUP’s Arlene Foster are working together against the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/PA

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Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and the DUP’s Arlene Foster are working together against the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/PA

Simone de Beauvoir famously said men had a narrow interpretation of what counted as truth.

"Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth," she wrote in 'The Second Sex', published in 1949.

What is this selective, male, so-called truth? Politically, it's that women are neither ready nor able for power. Not all men think this but enough do.