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Angry female Fine Gael TDs lash out at Taoiseach's decision to snub women in reshuffle of junior ministers

Published 16/07/2014 | 20:21

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Fine Gael TD Catherine
Byrne pict ured with
her daughter Clare
Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne pict ured with her daughter Clare
Regina Doherty
Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy

ANGRY female members of Fine Gael have lashed out at Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s decision to snub women in his reshuffle of junior ministers.

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At least three female party members have condemned the Taoiseach’s decision to ignore women TDs at Fine Gael’s parliamentary party meeting tonight.

Dublin South Central TD Catherine Byrne, Laois-Offaly’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, and Meath East’s Regina Doherty are believed to have spoken out at the party's weekly meeting in Leinster House.

A well-placed source described the meeting as “Mna Na hEireann rising up”.

Another source said the criticism was “measured but pointed” and it was clear female members were angered by the Taoiseach's reshuffle.

Mr Kenny was not at the meeting as he is on official EU business in Brussels.

Regina Doherty said it was “very disappointing and very disheartening” that women were not promoted in the reshuffle, according to a source

Other sources said she accused the party of  “talking the talk but not walking the walk”on gender issues.

The female TDs were united in their belief that it will now be more difficult to encourage women into politics.

The 30pc gender quota which will come into effect at the next general election was highlighted as a reason for promoting women in the party.

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