Monday 25 September 2017

Fianna Fail hopefuls fear 'shafting' by quota

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin is favourite to win
Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin is favourite to win
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A number of Fianna Fáil politicians face the prospect of being blocked from a potential general election run because of the party's ongoing struggle to meet strict gender quota targets.

The party is considering issuing a diktat to a number of constituencies to ensure female candidates are on the ticket in a move that will cause consternation among male hopefuls.

A party source said "all options are on the table", including asking male candidates to withdraw their nominations.

The most problematic of constituencies for Fianna Fáil is Dun Laoghaire.

Sitting councillor Cormac Devlin is the favourite to the win the convention - but his supporters believe he will be "shafted" to pave the way for either Kate Feeney or Mary Hanafin.

In Dublin South Central, the party is expected to ask Daithí de Roiste to step aside to pave the way for Catherine Ardagh.

Irish Independent

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