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Gender quotas are not just a bad idea - they are actually harmful to women

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'Right now, the GAA, FAI and IRFU have no female representatives on their boards of directors. ' Photo: Sportsfile

'Right now, the GAA, FAI and IRFU have no female representatives on their boards of directors. ' Photo: Sportsfile

'Right now, the GAA, FAI and IRFU have no female representatives on their boards of directors. ' Photo: Sportsfile

We've secured ourselves seats in the Dáil, at the highest courts in the land and in outer space; but take a gawk around your average boardroom table and you'll see few women pulling up a chair. Could gender quotas now be the only way to get more females in the top positions?

Under new rules, which Sports Minister Patrick O'Donovan says he hopes to introduce next year, sporting bodies will face cuts to their State funding unless at least 30pc of their board positions are filled by women. Right now, the GAA, FAI and IRFU have no female representatives on their boards of directors. From 2019, organisations with more than 10 employees will have to ensure that one-third of their boards are made up of women.


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