Micheal Martin faces backlash over row over female candidate
Published 10/12/2015 | 21:39
A Fianna Fáil politician at the centre of one of several gender quota rows will remain on the general election ticket despite efforts to have the selection convention re-run.
Connie Gerety Quinn was nominated as a candidate in Longford by default last month in a move that infuriated a tranche of party members.
Delegates were issued with a directive that a female candidate must be selected to run alongside sitting TD Robert Troy. As the only female candidate in the race, Ms Gerety Quinn selected without a vote.
The move prompted the Longford branch to submit a motion calling for the decision to be reversed and for a convention to be held.
However, the Fianna Fáil national executive today rejected the motion, according to party sources.
It's understood he issue was put to a vote by party leader Micheal Martin and that it was defeated.
It appears now that despite protests, Ms Gerety Quinn will remain the candidate.