“In Danger Of Becoming What Holy Days Used To Be”


Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor at a NWCI conference 

Earlier today.

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor spoke at the launch of the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in 3rd level Education Conference.

Her contribution came a day before International Women’s Day which is tomorrow.

Sarah Burns, in The Irish Times, reports:

International Women’s Day is in danger of becoming “what holy days used to be” and “a chance to skive off with friends”, the Minister of State for Higher Education has said.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she thinks the annual occasion, which takes place on Friday, needs to be repurposed in order to achieve “our objectives”.

“The problem as I see it is that International Women’s Day is in danger of becoming what holy days used to be when we were going to school back in the day, a chance to skive off with friends and to have no homework for that day,” she said.

International Women’s Day becoming a ‘chance to skive off’ – Minister (Sarah Burns, The Irish Times)

#ItStopsNow – Working together we can end sexual harassment and violence on campus (National Women’s Council of Ireland)

Pic: National Women’s Council of Ireland

35 thoughts on ““In Danger Of Becoming What Holy Days Used To Be”

  1. Optimus Grime

    Women turn on women over Women’s day….men goad them on from the sidelines, pints in hand!

  2. GiggidyGoo

    Any chance we could get a copy of her dail attendance records. Just to make sure she’s not a skiver herself.

    1. millie st murderlark

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      We have reviewed your request and unfortunately, at this time we will have to decline because of some vague and poorly thought out excuse.

      Please submit your request with the arbitrarily required documents at a later date and we will revert to you with an updated decision.

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      1. Cian

        Sorry Rob, but this list doesn’t include her….

        Or, as far as I can tell, any [junior] ministers. It list seems to be used for travel & accomodation expenses…. Ministers get their allowance through their departments.

  3. Leo

    Heaven forbid anyone get a day off work, we’d only waste valuable productivity hours on our pesky friends and family.
    Dangerous stuff.

      1. Frilly Keane

        Shur’ what’s it t’ you Cian

        Or MMO’C
        If I skive off
        Cheezus I’d only be delighted ta’

        I don’t work for either ov’ ye

      2. Spaghetti Hoop

        Is skiving off Broadsheet while you’re skiving off work allowed? Would that be Skive squared?

  4. Frank

    What are “our objectives”? Is Mary styling herself as commander in charge of female liberation army? And if she doesn’t want her sisters sitting around eating Maltesers and watching Gilmore Girls or whatever women do on their international day off, what does she want them to do???
    If she’s suggesting (and I’m reading between the lines here) all women should mobilise on Friday, March 8th International womens day – to storm Kildare street. Take control of Dail Eireann in a bloody rebellion. To subjugate and sexily humiliate all men into some kind of naughty slavery. Well let me tell you Mná na hÉireann I’m right behind you. TO THE BARRICADES*

    *all ladies must present themselves in French revolutionary garb. The type with the undone blouse and the diddies hanging out. Not Mary of course. No one wants to see that.

  5. Frilly Keane

    What did I say now?

    As a by the by
    Holy days used’ta be days off
    So bring em back ta pumper poo pants

  6. kellMA

    Since when is international women’s day a bank holiday?!?!? Do people/women actually get this day off in places?

  7. Holden MaGroin

    When’s International Men’s Day? Hmmmm. That’s what I’d like to know!

    Then Leo can have a go.

  8. tarfton CLax

    International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on February 7th by Thomas Oaster

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