We are less than nothing
For people with ability, gender is not an obstacle to success.
For the rest there's quotas.
Phil Hogan outlining plans to Mayors & Council Chairs today
Sorry Baron, should have made that clearer. Thought it was striking enough
This is the Minister announcing local government reform to an audience with a ratio of over four men for every women.
If we could look at a similar event in 5 years time we must assume that the percentage of women would be lower. Hogan plans to have fewer councillors and the premise of the quota legislation is that women aren't as capable of succeeding on their merits so inevitably they will suffer most from a reduction.
Any of those groups make up fifty percent* of the population Baron or do you just want to go back over the most tried of all arguments from page two to demonstrate your ignorance on the issue?
*(Woman actually a majority now  at 981 males for every 1,000 females.)
Feel free to correct me if I've got it wrong but no-one is claiming that women are inherently more capable than men of being good politicians. Neither is it being argued, so far as I can see, that we would have better or more prudent government if we had as many women as men TDs.
The only case being made appears to be that women make up 50% of the population therefore they should make up 50% of the Dail.
If that's true then why isn't there a case for every other segment of the population similarly entitled to pro rata inclusion in the Dail?
The Origins of the Irish Constitution 1928 - 1941 at the moment and in it he quotes a comment on that article by Chief Justice Liam Hamilton in Re Article 26 and the Employment Equality Bill 1996 which brought this post to mind:-
"The forms of discrimination which are, presumptively at least, prescribed by Article 40, s. 1 are not particularised: manifestly, they would extend to classifications based on sex, race, language, religious or political opinions."
That would at least give a strong suggestion that the Quota Act is unconstitutional.
Further grounds for challenge may lie in Article 16.1.3 which says :-
"No law shall be enacted placing any citizen under disability or incapacity for membership of Dáil Éireann on the ground of sex or disqualifying any citizen or other person from voting at an election for members of Dáil Éireann on that ground." (My emphasis).
Ironically the inclusion of the emphasised words came about following pressure from women's groups.
There's also an arguable case against it under Article 40.6.1.i which guarantees inter alia:-
"The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions."
Goodluck to whichever defender of democracy brings that one to court
Who knows, maybe there's a woman of principle out there who values democracy more than tokenism enough to take a stand.
Think the other babies in Dáil Éireann would be put out?