Joan Burton should have been made Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. She was not. Why? Because a man wanted the job. Not a better qualified man. Not even an equally qualified man. Burton, an accountant, has been Labour’s finance spokeswoman for nine years. She is tough, not least because she’s taken part in far too many meetings at which she was the only woman. Brendan Howlin has no significant experience of finance but he’s a man. A safe pair of balls.
– Susan McKay, Director, National Women’s Council