Candidates bridge the gender gap
Published 08/02/2011 | 05:00
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.
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.