Women have power in the polling booths
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.