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The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?


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by Lynn Enright
22nd Feb 2021

Read time: 6 mins

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We are, we are constantly told, living in “unprecedented times” but there is something very familiar about the way some aspects of this crisis have played out.

We are, we are constantly told, living in “unprecedented times” but there is something very familiar about the way some aspects of this crisis have played out.

When it emerged when week that the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 has no women sitting on it, many were disappointed but not surprised.

In kitchens and in playgrounds, on Zoom calls and on dashes to the supermarket, all around the country, women are barely holding it together. That’s what the National Women’s Council of Ireland warned us this month, with its director Orla O’Connor, noting that “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit women hard and we are now at a critical stage where the NWC is being contacted daily by women who are at breaking point … women continue...

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