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Candidates bridge the gender gap

Published 08/02/2011 | 05:00

Mary White (Green Party), Jennifer Murnane O'Connor (Fianna Fail), Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein) and Ann Phelan (Labour). Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Mary White (Green Party), Jennifer Murnane O'Connor (Fianna Fail), Kathleen Funchion (Sinn Fein) and Ann Phelan (Labour). Photo: Dylan Vaughan

FINE GAEL men dominated the political scene in Carlow-Kilkenny yesterday but while they were busy, the constituency's four women candidates were posing on an iconic bridge.

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Green Party deputy leader Mary White, Fianna Fail councillor Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, Labour Cllr Ann Phelan and Sinn Fein Cllr Kathleen Funchion are the women running for election in Carlow-Kilkenny.

Mary White is desperate to cling on to her seat but many feel she will struggle in the dog-fight for the fifth and final seat.

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor is a popular woman in Carlow town but has only a slim chance because of her decision to go with Fianna Fail.

Ann Phelan is high-profile but has been found wanting on Labour Party's policy specifics.

And Kathleen Funchion is eager but inexperienced and will struggle to get the votes against political heavyweights.

Irish Independent

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