Seanad debates

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

International Women's Day: Statements


10:30 am

Photo of Erin McGreehanErin McGreehan (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

You do not speak for me. Please do not put us all in that wee box. Do not do it. It is unbelievably insulting and shocking the stuff that comes out of your mouth. We are all able to question but you take a tiny grain of question and go with it and run down that rabbit hole as quickly as you possibly can to get those Twitter likes and get the videos up there as quickly as possible. It is soul-destroying.

You rightly said the referendum is not about the woman's place in the home. We have to look at what the wording is. It is about a woman not neglecting her duties in the home. This might not have hindered some people but it hindered an awful lot. They were not legally hindered but the cultural norm and cultural attitude that the State derived from that article was that women were meant to be at home.

You delivered fantastic fertility rates, with all the statistics. You want women to have as many children as possible. That sounds a little bit like The Handmaid's Tale, I have to say. This is about women's equality. You spoke about a right to choose. Thankfully, we now have the right to choose many things that we never had before. By virtue of you being in the House, you have a right to speak and I have a right to retort and disagree with you. It is unbelievably insulting that you come in here using this façade whereby you speak for the mammies of Ireland and mammies will be written out of the Constitution. No. Potentially our Constitution will be ungendered.


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