Decision to block female appointment to banking inquiry a missed opportunity

Decision to block female appointment to banking inquiry a missed opportunity

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) described the decision by the Opposition to block the appointment of Susan O’Keefe to the banking inquiry as a missed opportunity, as there are now no female members on the inquiry team.
“This is particularly disappointing, especially considering the gains made by female politicians of all parties in the recent Local and European Elections. I believe there is a real appetite for more female representation at every level of political life.
“The banking inquiry will play an important role in shining a light on the mistakes made in the past. I am disappointed that the Opposition members of the Seanad have chosen to block Susan O’Keefe’s appointment, as she would have been the only women on the nine person panel.
“This Government has brought forward gender quota legislation and is committed to increasing the number of women in political life. But we must ensure that women are represented at every level within the political sphere.
“It is often acknowledged that having a female voice at the table can make a real difference on the decisions being made. It is a shame that not one female member has been included on the banking inquiry, and that due consideration wasn’t giving to ensuring some gender balance on the inquiry team.”
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