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Micheál Martin hits out at ‘personal, nasty and unkind’ newspaper column

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has strongly hit out at a newspaper column which criticised and mocked the fashion choices of female Fianna Fáil representatives.

In the Irish Mail on Sunday, Niamh Walsh’s column took aim at several of the attendees at last week’s Fianna Fáil’s think-in in Cavan, often mocking their fashion sense.

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“Some of the outfits on show at Fianna Fáil’s think-in at the Slieve Russell hotel in Cavan have no place in public full stop – never mind politics,” Walsh said.

Walsh went on to say that appearance matters if you want to be taken seriously.

She then named several high profile Fianna Fáil members, such as Darragh O’Brien, Norma Foley, Niamh Smyth, Erin McGreehan, Barry Cowen etc. making various notes about their respective appearances.

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Following a wave of criticism of the column on social media, Taoiseach Micheál Martin joined in expressing his distaste for the column.

“Why the need for such a personal, nasty and unkind article?” the Taoiseach wrote.

“An article written in an attempt to demean women who take politics seriously, and work hard to make people’s lives better.”

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020” by Houses of the Oireachtas is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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