Wednesday 29 March 2017

FF gender row 'reeks of misogynism'

Connie Geraty-Quinn
Connie Geraty-Quinn
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fianna Fáil's candidate in Longford, Connie Gerety-Quinn, has said her treatment at the hands of some party members in the county "reeks of misogynism".

Ms Gerety-Quinn (inset) was selected in controversial circumstances after party HQ issued a directive that she be added to the ticket as part of its effort to meet the gender quota.

Last week, members of the Fianna Fáil branch in Longford passed a no-confidence motion in her.

Ms Gerety-Quinn has now hit back, telling the Longford Leader that the no-confidence vote "paints a picture of the 1950s men's smoking rooms without the smoke. Shame on them".

Chairman of Longford Fianna Fáil Pat Donnelly described the split in the county as a "bad, bad situation".

Councillor Seamus Butler, who wanted to be the Fianna Fáil candidate for Longford, said there was nothing misogynistic about the row.

Irish Independent

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