Sunday 22 April 2018

Dail equality debate shouldn't ignore men

* I have listened and read the continuing debate about gender balance and gender quotas in the Dail, and have agreed with a majority of the arguments to see more women in politics.

I disagree with the issue of family being used as an excuse as to why women are being deterred from entering politics in this country. I have heard many a commentator say that "it is easy for men" to swan in and out of the Dail, including on occasions like the recent all-nighter for the abortion legislation.

May I remind anyone offering this fodder in debate that men, too, love their families, and can ill-afford to lose out on quality time with their children and spouses.

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