Flak for Rabbitte over ‘Paris’ jibe

Labour leader Pat Rabbitte has been accused of insulting women by likening justice minister Michael McDowell to a ‘‘menopausal Paris Hilton’’ during a televised party leaders’ debate last week.

19th May, 2007

Labour leader Pat Rabbitte has been accused of insulting women by likening justice minister Michael McDowell to a ‘‘menopausal Paris Hilton’’ during a televised party leaders’ debate last week.

The Women in Technology and Science Executive Committee (WITS) said that ‘‘whatever the intent of Mr Rabbitte’s attempt at a clever quip, his achievement was to insult women’’.

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