A Dáil sub-committee on Women's Participation in Politics has recommended that gender quotas in politics should be backed by legislation.
Gemma Hussey, former Fine Gael minister for education said:
Niamh Bhreathnach, former Labour minister for education said "the French model of a quota system with penalties for parties who failed to comply had worked, though some parties had paid penalties rather than having women on the ballot."Originally Posted by Gemma Hussey
This is an absolutely terrible idea, people should be voted on their ability. What is next, a quota for black politicians? A quota for travellers? A quota for people with blonde hair?
It appears this Dáil sub-committee has less faith in women than I do if they think that the introduction of gender-quota laws is necessary.
The passing of this law would set a very dangerous and regressive precedent.
Source: Female politicians want gender quota - The Irish Times - Thu, Jun 25, 2009