As you may be aware, our constitution is a sexist pig. I refer, of course, to Article 41.2.1 and .2, which states:
1Â° In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.
2Â° The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.
Of course, every political party is aware of the offending article. And every politician would publicly say that they believe it to be antiquated (although privately they may feel otherwise). However no political party has made any serious moves to change this text, nor has any chastised the government for failing to do the same.
Even more than the children’s referendum, this would be a home-run for any political party (in the sense that it would pass without question, besides the odd moron) but they’re unwilling to make a move on it because they don’t have to; they’re happy to just ignore it as long as the rest of the country does too.
So as for the title; I’m not trying to wind anyone up with it, I’m being deadly serious. Successive governments have shown that they have no will or need to deal with the issues at hand unless they can be certain of overwhelming public support (the children’s referendum) or unless they are forced into a corner by the courts (12th-14th Amendments).
So what we need is an Irish woman to take the government to court and demand that they pay her a full wage so she can stay at home and mind the kids. The fact is that in this day and age both sides of most couples are forced to work full time to keep a roof over their heads and so the government obviously isn’t doing enough to relieve the fairer sex of this economic necessity.
It strikes me that the only way this antiquated article will be removed is if the government is forced to make good on their pledge; once the money starts pouring out to support women who want to raise their kids, they’ll make a change quick enough.
*The answer is: There are no roles.