Saturday 19 January 2019

FG sexism row 'to be resolved quickly' after truce fell apart

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A line is expected to be drawn under the sexism row in Fine Gael, ahead of a party meeting this evening.

Intensive talks have taken place between Senator Catherine Noone and party bosses, after she complained that a colleague treats her in a misogynistic way.

It was believed the issue was resolved to the satisfaction of Ms Noone and the accused man last week, but the agreement fell apart.

Sources told the Irish Independent they now expect a resolution to be reached today.

Ms Noone first raised her complaint at a parliamentary party meeting two weeks ago, prompting an investigation by party hierarchy including chairman Martin Heydon.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he took the allegations very seriously and wanted a swift conclusion.

The man accused of the inappropriate behaviour is understood to have disputed much of the allegations.

Attempts at mediation have taken place over the past week.

"Everybody wants to move forward now," said a party source.

Irish Independent

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