Sunday 24 September 2017

Leading FG TD hits out at female party colleague over gender quotas

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty
Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A LEADING Fine Gael TD has hit out at a party colleague who called on women to vote for female candidates over male politicians in the forthcoming General Election.

Meath East TD Regina Doherty said South Dublin County Councillor Anne-Marie Dermody’s comments were the reason gender quotas have a “bad reputation”.

Ms Dermondy, who is running in Dublin South-West, said women who support Fine Gael should vote for female candidates from other parties if there is a male only Fine Gael ticket in their constituency.

“My focus is on getting women engaging, getting women supporting a woman,” she said.

“If it’s not a Fine Gael woman, the message is that we need more women representatives. If there isn’t a woman on the ticket, I would still be looking to get more women on the ticket,” she added.

Responding to the comments, Ms Doherty insisted the councillor’s views are not representative of the Fine Gael membership.

“Speaking as a woman and a female TD, I don’t want anyone to vote for me because I am a woman. I want to be voted for because you think I’m the best person to represent you in Leinster House,” she said.

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