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Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be appointed to Cabinet, in 1919

Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be appointed to Cabinet, in 1919

Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be appointed to Cabinet, in 1919

Many this year have mused about how things might have been had the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation survived. Perhaps we should ask instead how things might have been, and especially for women, had others not.

I am an Irishwoman with equal rights to those of Irishmen. I am a representative of those children of the nation for whom the Rising was - at its most benign, an important historical event in their lives; at its most venal, the raising of the flag for a period during which the humanity of every Irish woman was not just denied but actively legislated against.


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