Saturday 18 November 2017

Medb Ruane: What about gender, Enda -- and the rest of you Dail dinosaurs?

The gene pool of Irish politics was rarely as limited as on Valentine's Day, when the five party leaders debated on RTÉ. All men, all from a Roman Catholic background, all eager to diagnose the country's woes.

How, I wondered, can people cut from the same cloth tackle the depth of change and innovation needed to turn the country round? So I decided to look for an indicator outside of what they say about fiscal and economic policies, something that measures their capacity to take on new ideas and reform the system in response.

Yes, let's talk about gender. It's past time -- and it's not new. It's a good stress test for other areas because they've had years to make reform.

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