Darma McMa­hon de­nied role be­cause she was a woman!

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS | THE DIARY -

A TALE from the past that I would love to know more about.

Al­most 45 years ago, Darma McMa­hon from Rathmullen Park was de­nied the chance to be­come a val­uer at the Govern­ment Val­u­a­tion Of­fice be­cause she was a woman.

The 22-year-old, who held a diploma in en­vi­ron­men­tal eco­nom­ics af­ter four years study at the Bolton Street Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, Dublin, ap­plied for one of 10 va­can­cies in the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice. She was told : “The ques­tion of ad­mit­ting fe­male can­di­dates to fu­ture jobs will be con­sid­ered “.

She said; “This is bla­tant dis­crim­i­na­tion, purely on the grounds that I am a woman. There is no dif­fer­ence in the ex­ams for ei­ther sex.’

In the past the job had been con­fined to males and it was the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice who de­cided what qual­i­ties or qual­i­fi­ca­tions prospec­tive em­ploy­ees should have, said a spokesman.

Darma was only the third girl to grad­u­ate from Bolton Street Col­lege with a diploma in en­vi­ron­men­tal eco­nom­ics.

Did she even­tu­ally get the job I won­der?

Fes­ti­vals

Louth County Coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Drogheda Port Au­thor­ity is host­ing The Ir­ish Mar­itime Festival on 16th & 17 th June, 2018.

It’s cer­tainly a date for the di­ary.

The arts festival is in May and there’s some great events planned.

The June bank hol­i­day also has the fan­tas­tic Van­tas­ti­val at Beaulieu House.

It was a huge success last year.

And of course, Fleadh Cheoil is fast ap­proach­ing with a week of mu­sic and craic in Au­gust.

I know it’s been wet, but the drains around Lau­rence’s Gate are well blocked and need a good clean out.

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