'It's a huge loss because our numbers are few enough' - FF's sole female in Donegal on Averil Power
Published 26/05/2015 | 13:04
Fianna Fail has suffered a serious blow losing Senator Averil Power says the party’s only elected female representative in Donegal.
Reacting to Ms Power shock departure from Fianna Fail, local councillor Rena Donaghey said there was no doubt the senator’s decision to quit the party was a “huge loss”.
“[She] was a very able and hard working politician… [her absence] will be a huge loss to Fianna Fail. That shouldn’t be in doubt.”
Read More: Fianna Fail's Sean Haughey: I did not canvass for Yes Vote for Marriage Referendum
Adding: “And the fact that she was a woman I’m very sorry about because our numbers are few enough as it is."
Speaking to Highland Radio, the Fianna Fail councillor said that her party had failed to attract women into politics because “there was still too many barriers inhibiting women’s participation in politics.”
“There is a lack of family-friendly policies and there’s a lack of confidence and, maybe, support. Women sometimes find the political environment frustrating and isolating because it is so male dominated.”
Read More: 'Averil Power will make a great Independent' says former Fianna Fail front bencher Mary O'Rourke
Despite lamenting the loss of Senator Power, Ms Donaghey said she did not agree with her assessment of Micheal Martin's leadership.
“Certainly it's not 100 pc but [Micheal] does enjoy my support,” the councilor said.
Read More: Averil Power accuses Fianna Fail director of elections for referendum of not canvassing his own constituents
Speaking out after her resignation, Ms Power said that Mr Martin had not been an effective leader, nor had he made Fianna Fail fit for government.