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We do not need token women TDs

SOME of your correspondents are correct in believing that the lack of women in the Dail is an important issue.

However, I am more in favour of those who trivialise this issue. Women politicians are not effective as they sometimes cannot help becoming part of the ugly system that is our political structure.

Some women TDs are very public in pointing out how frustrated they are with this system, so why don't they just leave it? The answer is a simple one.

Just as we do not need a new party for change's sake, the last thing we need is more expensive token women in Dail Eireann.

Dr Florence Craven (PhD)
Maynooth, Co Kildare

Irish Independent