Fifty years after the ‘marriage bar’ was lifted

Fifty years after the ‘marriage bar’ was lifted Ukrainian service members with the 55th Separate Artillery Brigade fire a Caesar self-propelled howitzer toward Russian troops near the town of Avdiivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk region May 31, 2023, amid Russia’s ongoing attack on the country. Photo: OSV News/Viacheslav Ratynskyi, Reuters

The Department of Foreign Affairs proudly tweeted recently how Ireland was celebrating fifty years of having lifted the “marriage bar” for women working in the public service – with the support of the EU and its march towards equality. Yes, I remember that situation well: women, on marriage, had been required to step down from…

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