Friday 24 November 2017

Left selects its downtrodden in scramble for high moral ground

There's a distinct whiff of hypocrisy from critics of Saudi Arabia's wretched record on women's rights, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O'Brien. Photo: Damien Eagers

Eilis O'Hanlon

'Full equality" was the cry last week as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald launched the new National Strategy for Women and Girls.

Well, not voting Saudi Arabia on to the UN Commission on the Status of Women would have been a good start.

Of course, it's impossible to say for certain that Ireland did give the nod to the Saudis, because the Government refuses either to confirm or deny it. However, the autocratic kingdom secured the backing of 47 out of 54 members of the UN Economic and Social Council, so chances are that we were one of them, provoking consternation from the opposition, and even semi-detached Independent Alliance members of the Government.

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