Gender Quotas: Making Irish Politics slightly less awful

In July 2013, when the government was debating the highly restrictive Protection of Life during Pregnancy legislation, Tom Barry, a Fine Gael backbencher, grabbed his party colleague, Aine Collins, on to his lap. Her only ‘crime’ was being both proximate and a woman. Simon Coveney was standing nearby, but it’s no coincidence that the minister… Continue reading Gender Quotas: Making Irish Politics slightly less awful

Marriage Equality and the Religious Right

I’m in two minds about the forthcoming referendum on same-sex marriage. Obviously, like any decent person, I hope it’ll be passed with a healthy majority, but I never feel very comfortable about being given the chance to decide what rights other people should have. It would be a bit like being given the chance to… Continue reading Marriage Equality and the Religious Right