Woman to take SF VP job?

Chris Thornton figures that if Sinn Fein’s Ard Fheis carries a gender equality motion this weekend, then it may be compelled to replace Pat Doherty with a senior female representative. If it comes to that, the actual choice may tell us something about the party’s future strategy in terms of its expansion. The party has by far the most radical approach of any of the main parties in Ireland. Something which it may hoping will generous pay-offs in the longer term.

  • Good to see women getting some assistance to climb the greasy poll- clearly the SF rank and file believe that some form of positive discrimination is needed to ensure a woman gets elevated to such a level in the party. The SDLP has had women chairs and vice-chairs for years, thankfully without the need to have it imposed on the party members. The inherent equality agenda which underpins the SDLP has allowed women to play a full roll through normal democratic procedures, much to the benefit of the party. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but it’s case of changing mindsets more than anything as regards all parties in the north.