‘Causes Not Power’


From left: former Minister, Francis Fitzgerald, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor and Senator Catherine Noone at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse, County Kildare yesterday.

No. really.

…Speaking at a private Fine Gael fundraising event in Tipperary, Ms [Frances] Fitzgerald said it was essential that the next Cabinet had 50pc female ministers and insisted women should not accept anything less.

…The former justice minister said that, unlike Mr Varadkar, she “didn’t wake up at 15 and decide to become the Taoiseach”, before adding that women get involved in politics because they have an interest in causes not power.

…Ms Fitzgerald also told the audience that she forced the Government to increase the general election gender quota from 20pc to 30pc.

Pressure on Leo as Fitzgerald calls for gender-balanced Cabinet (Philip Ryan, Sunday Independent)

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43 thoughts on “‘Causes Not Power’

    1. themanwhocan

      Damn straight. Is there any real obstacles for women to get into politics in the first place , these days? If a lady really really wants political power and money then have at it. No one is stopping you. Personally, I couldn’t go through all the hand shaking and fake smiles day after day, even with all the financial stability for myself and my offspring for generations through salaries , benefits, pensions, travel expenses, and contacts with industry people from every walk of life, not just in Ireland but throughout the entire Anglosphere so even if I get voted out of power for a spell I can pick up a phony baloney mgmt board salary in any of my 1000s of businesses contacts until the next election come in my way, also my kids can get into anything that interests them and make a lucrative living even if its writing lousy romance novels, even the summer/part time college jobs these brats get are comparable to a 30K a year handy office jobs , not exactly flipping burgers for min wage , wait…. what am I saying? Sign me up! I’m really interested in public service and not in it for the power/money (honest)

      1. Jesús, María, and Josépha

        There are obstacles, but that’s due to women’s roles in society generally and how they’ve been maintained. It helps if you have the time, money, and resources not tied up with raising a family and the daily grind. And if you’re already one of the gang (white, middle-class, professional, pensioned public sector and related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Families_in_the_Oireachtas

        1. Rob_G

          … white.

          – can we please stop this horsesh|te about importing things from American culture wars and using them in an Irish context where they are meaningless? The vast majority of TDs are white, just as the vast majority of accountants, plumbers, and binmen are white; the fact that there is one TD of mixed race means that non-white people are over-represented in the Dáil, proportionately speaking (probably – who cares, anyway).

        2. Parp

          ” It helps if you have the time, money, and resources not tied up with raising a family and the daily grind. And if you’re already one of the gang (white, middle-class, professional, pensioned public sector and related: ”

          So, the same as a man then?

  1. anne

    One of those causes was turning a blind eye to corruption was it?

    Great cause that, sitting on your twot all day, doing feck all.

    Have these people any shame at all? You wouldn’t just lay low I suppose, after you’ve been given the boot for pretending you didn’t know what the guards were up to? No? Instead she’s giving lectures to the rest of us about women’s morals & motivations.. sh*g off like.

    1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

      yet wan in pink turned a blind eye to a mirror
      that hat is not working imo

      1. Jesús, María, and Josépha

        It’s working OK. As a ground radar scanner for the Irish Aviation Authority.

        Definitely not a Philip Treacy.

      2. anne

        looks like she was dragged through a hedge backwards..a rose hedge..much be in vogue.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        How dare you! That’s the men, the women are only in It for a cause! :)

        Isn’t being in politics for “a cause” the same as a “one issue politician” who knows SFA about anything outside that cause.
        Not sure her saying they are in it for a cause is a good tactic.

  2. Jesús, María, and Josépha

    Are you sure that image wasn’t from the Pride Parade in Naas? Where can I buy those clothes? Two Euro Shop?

    The shoes alone….

  3. Frilly Keane


    All I see is that hat

    And flashbacks of a bad morning after
    Pink Aftershocks
    Foamy pink vomit

    Pity really
    I would have +1 ed Senator Boone’s rig out
    And TBF
    The former Minister is full mother of the bride there
    The other ‘wan

    A few tatts
    maybe an ankle monitor
    Wouldn’t look out’ve place

    You’d think I’d be in a better mood t’day
    Tis that flashback
    That did it

  4. kellma

    Mary is mad for lurid pink. This is not the first time I have seen her in that kind of get up….

        1. Jesús, María, and Josépha

          All bookings available through the handy app MyTaxes – formerly known as Hail Mary (Coughlan).

  5. Joxer

    jaysus lads comment on what Fitzgerald said rather then the get-up of the women….

    1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

      you have a point Joxer
      there’s also a case for not dressing like a marshmallow if you wish to be taken seriously

    2. Rob_G

      If they were turning up for some sort of an official meeting and people were focusing on the clothes rather than content, I would be the first to agree with you. But given that the photo was taken at a horse show (where the whole thing is about who wore what, etc), I think it’s fine.

  6. Verbatim

    In fairness they don’t have much dress sense and that’s coming from another woman. They are in the public eye you’d think they’d be more in tune with that. There’s a job there for a stylist. I couldn’t image Clare Daly in any of that get-up.

  7. Ron Dolan

    The utter hilarity of them saying this at the DUBAI duty free Irish Derby.

    So women’s rights in Ireland but lets forget about how Dubai will whip a woman for being raped?

    Good one, eh?

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