Wednesday 19 September 2018

Women have power in the polling booths

'Women should use their majority status at the next election to see they are adequately represented in the Dail.' Photo: Depositphotos
'Women should use their majority status at the next election to see they are adequately represented in the Dail.' Photo: Depositphotos
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Letters to the Editor

Sir - Dealing with gender inequality Eilis O'Hanlon (Sunday Independent, January 14) declared that "government should focus on real-life problems faced by real women".

The achievement of that situation is not helped by the fact that since independence women were not adequately represented in the most powerful decision-making forum in our society - the Dail. Because they live longer, women are the majority in the electorate and, in what is supposed to be a representative democracy, should have had a higher representation in the Dail.

It has to be said that the issues that relate to women would have received a higher priority since independence if women had used their majority status when they were in the polling booths with the blunt pencil and a ballot paper.

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