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Prof Kerstin Mey. Pic Sean Curtin

Prof Kerstin Mey. Pic Sean Curtin

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Prof Kerstin Mey. Pic Sean Curtin

It speaks volumes about Irish universities that it's only in 2020 that they appointed their first female president - on an interim basis.

Congratulations to Prof Kerstin Mey who must have been bemused when her appointment in the University of Limerick became a major news item. Assigning a similar post to a woman would not have attracted the same level of public interest in her native Germany, or in most other developed countries.

It's not that our universities don't believe in gender equality but they have been slow in promoting women to the top academic posts. This prompted the previous minister for higher education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, to create women-only professorships.