Women don’t need a husband to succeed in politics – it’s “fire in the belly” that makes the difference, according to Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte.
Her remarks come after Fine Gael minister Josepha Madigan advised aspiring female politicians to “get a good husband”.
Ms Rabbitte – a widow and mother of three teenagers – said her own message to women considering entering politics was: “Once you have the bit between your teeth and fire in the belly, you will succeed.
“You don’t need to have a husband there, you don’t need to have a wife there. If you actually feel that this is a right match for you, and you feel you can do it, you can do it.”
The Irish Independent reported how Culture Minister Ms Madigan warned of the “relentless pace” of political life being a “sacrifice and privilege at the same time”.
She encouraged women to enter politics and advised them to speak to those who had done it before: “Get good childcare, get a good husband, have the confidence and don’t over-think it.”
Ms Madigan has previously told of the support offered…