Monday 18 December 2017

It's time to force voters to elect a Dáil that is 50pc female

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael: Out of 166 TDs in the Dail only 26 are women.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael: Out of 166 TDs in the Dail only 26 are women.

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While women make up over half of our population, they are seriously under-represented in national politics. Out of the 4,452 Dáil seats filled between 1918 and2009, only 219 were filled by women (4.9pc). At present only 26 TDs out of 166 are women (16pc).

Such an imbalance is unhealthy and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Our culture of politics has evolved to suit a certain class of men. Confrontational politics has been both the cause and effect of many woman not seeing a role for themselves in it.

The locker-room atmosphere caused by the unnatural state of male over-representation is not half as much fun as it appears. A healthy gender balance calms things down. Men bring passion. Women bring reason.

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