Only 10 per cent of those who have sat at the cabinet table in Ireland in almost 100 years have been women, totalling just 19 female politicians. Along with the two former female presidents of Ireland, all of the living members of this exclusive club are interviewed here for the first time, collectively bringing together their voices to reveal the challenges and triumphs of getting to the top table of Irish political life. The interviewees are Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Gemma Hussey, Mary O’Rourke, Nora Owen, Niamh Bhreathnach, Mary Harney, Síle de Valera, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Joan Burton, Frances Fitzgerald, Jan O’Sullivan, Heather Humphreys, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Katherine Zappone, Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan. From the battles to have their voices heard to balancing a career with family life, dealing with various levels of sexism and an enduring focus on appearance, their personal stories are dramatic, colourful and inspiring. In opening up about how they secured a place at the top table of political life, these women give us remarkable insights into a changing Ireland. ‘A fascinating and compelling read that couldn’t be more timely.’ Miriam O’Callaghan ‘A timely and important contribution to the contemporary reflection on women’s historic and future place in Irish society and public life.’ Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman
Earth, 2516 A.D. The Unified Authority spread human colonies across the six arms of the Milky Way Galaxy, ruling with an iron fist and a powerful military made up almost entirely of clones. Then the alien Avatari invaded—and when the fighting was over, the U.A. retained control over only two planets: Earth and New Copenhagen. Like the thousands of clones born before him, Lt. Wayson Harris was born and bred as the ultimate soldier. But he is unique, possessing independence of thought—and an addiction to the rage of battle. So when he and other clone survivors of the New Copenhagen debacle are sent to cool their heels in an isolated "relocation camp," Harris feels on edge. And with good reason. The military brass are looking for someone to blame for the decimation of the U.A. republic. And who better to scapegoat than those who were born to be sacrificed? But Lt. Harris is about to respectfully disagree—with all the firepower he can muster.
Andrew Ball returns in this dramatic story of the search for British children missing for more than forty years. While Ball struggles to make sense of new evidence that they were taken to the Soviet Union, Anton Adamovich is ruthlessly dealing with skeletons in the closet as he vies to become Russias next president. In New York, psychologist Miles Wallace disappears after boasting about the experimental work hed done for the Politburo when he was a young professor in Minsk. Chief Prosecutor Evgeny Shubin is proud of the work hes done to bring law and order to the Odessa region of Ukraine. But when Adamovich choses someone else to be prime minister of the newly formed independent republic, he wants revenge on his old university friend.
The purpose of this book, Local Government in Western Nigeria: Abeokuta, 1830-1952, A case study of exemplary institutional change, is to delineate the democratization process of governmental institutions in the city of Abeokuta, western Nigeria, during the 1940s and 1950s. The Egba at Abeokuta were chosen because they are an important ethnicity within the Yoruba, the then third most populous ethnic group in Nigeria. The period from 1939 to 1952 marks the time when western Nigeria was ruled via the native administration system - the local governmental structure instituted by the British. However, the historiography of the Egba is elongated to include the formation of Abeokuta in 1830. By 1952, government was nominally extended to every constituency in Abeokuta. This presaged the comprehensive democratization movement in Nigeria.