Recently, I wrote a blog about ‘Taoiseach announces new Citizen’s Assembly on gender equality’, in the post I wrote about what An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that ‘Ireland will be the first country in the world in which men and women are truly equal’. The citizen’s assembly will ‘start in October and will have 6 months to complete its work’. Something I found out was in the pipeline since 2017, so no urgency needed there. I wrote how it would be difficult for gender parity to be rolled out nationally when it would be impossible to implement gender parity within their own party.
New president elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said she wanted her commission to have a 50:50 gender split. The news of a possible requirement for a gender quota came during an interview with Mr Hogan on RTÉ Radio One’s Seán O’Rourke.
Mr Hogan said ” “I’m sure she has to ask the president-elect of the European Commission to clarify that. I’m glad to be one of the names that actually is being put forward anyway and I hope I don’t have to go through some of the hoops that I did on the last occasion about my gender.”
If this is a challenge for An Taoiseach now how can people believe that he wants to make any push for gender parity?