Friday September 25, 2020

'Lapgate' shows the Dáil is still a little boys' club

More women are needed in Irish politics, but the latest antics are likely to keep them away, writes Martha Kearns.

13th July, 2013
A screengrab of Tom Barry (bottom right) pulling Áine Collins onto his lap.

It might have been 'silly', as Fine Gael suggested, but there was nothing funny about what happened in the Dáil early last Thursday morning. The country's elected representatives were debating one of the most divisive and controversial issues to come before the Dáil in many years, yet some still found time for disrespectful and inappropriate behaviour.

During a break in the abortion debate, a government TD grabbed a female colleague and...

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