Saturday 21 January 2017

All election candidates - male or female - must be held to the same standards

Niamh Gallagher

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

We should read the literature and look up and down the ballot paper for a candidate we believe matches our values and will deliver for our communities. But we most hold all candidates - male and female - to the same standard.
We should read the literature and look up and down the ballot paper for a candidate we believe matches our values and will deliver for our communities. But we most hold all candidates - male and female - to the same standard.

Just over a week ago, Councillor James Browne was selected to contest the Wexford constituency for Fianna Fáil in the forthcoming general election. James's father, John, has been a TD for Wexford since 1982, clocking up an impressive 33 years in the Dáil, before deciding not to contest this election for health reasons. In the familiar way in Irish politics, he has passed the mantle to his son.

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Last April, in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency - spanning Sligo, Leitrim, parts of South Donegal and West Cavan - Senator Marc McSharry and Councillor Eamon Scanlon triumphed over their Leitrim counterparts at the Fianna Fáil selection convention, given the larger number of voting delegates from the Sligo part of the constituency.

Also in April, Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Employment, was added to the ticket in his Dublin Bay North constituency, having been beaten at the convention by Councillor Naoise O'Muiri.

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