Tuesday 17 July 2018

The Floating Voter: Female FF TD says Micheál Martin should consider woman as his deputy leader

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A SENIOR Fianna Fáil TD has said Micheál Martin should consider appointing a female politician as his deputy leader.

Lisa Chambers said she would consider applying for the position should Mr Martin decide to finally appoint a deputy.

The Mayo TD also said she would one day like to consider becoming the Taoiseach.

"I want to be in Cabinet and I would absolutely at some point love to consider the prospect of becoming Taoiseach. Why not? Why not have those hopes?" Ms Chambers told Independent.ie's Floating Voter Podcast.

Mr Martin has refused to appoint a deputy leader since becoming leader of Fianna Fáil which has led to years of disquiet within the party .

Asked why Mr Martin does not have a deputy leader, Ms Chambers  said: "I don't know the answer to why he doesn't, I'll ask him later actually."

She added: "If the job opens up certainly I'll consider it."

She also said the lack of female politicians in Fianna Fail was "not acceptable" but insisted the party is doing everything it can to change this.

"We have six female TDs which I will say very openly that's not acceptable and we want to see more," she said.

"Out of those six female TDs, four of us are on the frontbench.  I think that's good. I'm not saying we are where we should be.

"We are actively encouraging women to join the party, to run for elected office both at local and national level and quite honestly those of us elected in the last term were given every support," she added.

She said she has experienced no "push backs" or "obstacles" from her male colleagues since becoming a TD.

Ms Chambers joined Kevin Doyle, Philip Ryan and Shona Murray on the Floating Voter Podcast where she also spoke about the forthcoming abortion referendum, the controversy surrounding the Strategic Communications unit and Ireland's neutrality.

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