We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Pat Rabbitte and Ruairí Quinn are two ministers singled out for replacement, but is it because of their age? Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
Your Say

Poll: Does a politician's age matter?

Is a call for fresh blood ageism? Or just a desire to see change?

WITH A CABINET reshuffle seemingly imminent, calls are being made to remove some of the older members of cabinet.

Speaking today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said that calls for the likes of himself and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to step aside was “ageism”.

But, does it matter? In sport, they say “if you good enough you’re old enough”. Is the reverse true in politics, that if you’re good enough, you’re young enough?

Or is a call for fresh blood just a desire to see new faces?

We’re asking: Does a politician’s age matter?

Poll Results:

No, only performance matters (1918)
Yes (1057)
No, but time in power does (700)
I don't know (46)

Read: Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labour’s deputy leader next week

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.