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Tuffy right to speak out on gender quotas

It is good to see that at least one politician, Joanna Tuffy TD (Letters, June 23), has the courage to challenge Environment Minister Phil Hogan on his proposed gender quota legislation.

Ms Tuffy displays a greater appreciation of the value of our democracy than her colleagues when she states that such a law "would be divisive, discriminatory and undemocratic".

Seeking to increase the number of women in politics is a perfectly legitimate political aspiration. However, in supporting the democratic process, the State should be party neutral, ideologically neutral and policy neutral. To use the apparatus of the State to manipulate the selection of candidates is a corruption of democracy.

Matt Harper

Irish Independent