I like it…
On Tuesday, Olivia O’Leary shared some thoughts on International Women’s Day.
Then yesterday, our new Taoiseach, Enda Kenny revealed his new Cabinet.
And, guess what?…
The Labour deputy leader,
Moan Joan Burton, the party’s Finance spokesperson for the past nine years, did not get the portfolio with responsibility for public sector reform, for which she had been widely tipped. Instead, she was given Social Protection.
Also… two prominent female Labour TD’s, Roisín Shortall and Jan O’Sullivan were not promoted.
Add to that… there are fewer women in this new Cabinet than in the outgoing government.
As far as I can see, the only concession made was that a woman was appointed to the position of Attorney General…
Labour’s Máire Whelan, is the first woman to occupy the post of legal adviser to the government. Hur…ray!
Apart from all that, the good news is… this new coalition government has promised major health reform. The new Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, is committed to developing a new universal health insurance (UHI) system which aims to end 2-tier healthcare and give everyone equal access to GP and hospital treatment based solely on medical need.
Bring it on!