Opinion Comment

Sunday 25 February 2018

We have fewer women in parliament than some parts of sub-Saharan Africa: this has to change

Rumour has it Ivana Bacik could be parachuted into the Cabinet by Joan Burton. Photo: El Keegan
Rumour has it Ivana Bacik could be parachuted into the Cabinet by Joan Burton. Photo: El Keegan

Dearbhail MacDonald

The rumour mill is in overdrive that Labour senator Ivana Bacik will be 'parachuted' from the Seanad to a comfy seat at the Cabinet table by her new party leader, Joan Burton.

The nomination of a member of the Seanad with no mandate from the electorate to serve in the Dail has been greeted with the type of horror, hysteria and trolling on social media that, happily, you don't see replicated in the offline world too often.

It would certainly be a radical move if the Government promoted the barrister and former Reid Professor of Criminal Law at Trinity College Dublin to its ranks.

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