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It's time for women to get half of all seats in the next cabinet

Eilis O'Hanlon


The arguments against having a 50/50 split between men and women in the next cabinet are just excuses for inaction, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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international women's day...4 women planting a flag

international women's day...4 women planting a flag

international women's day...4 women planting a flag

Now that the programme for government has been agreed, pending all the usual ifs and buts, the real business begins - deciding who should get all those plum jobs in cabinet. The big question is: how many of them should go to women?

The maths is straightforward enough. There were 36 women elected to the 33rd Dail at February's election (only one more than in 2016), compared to 124 men.

Of those fortunate few women, 23 will be sitting on the opposition benches, compared to 49 men, a significantly higher representation than in the Dail as a whole - though still far from equal.


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