Friday 24 November 2017

Micheal Martin faces backlash over row over female candidate

Connie Gerety-Quinn
Connie Gerety-Quinn

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

A Fianna Fáil politician at the centre of one of several gender quota rows will remain on the general election ticket despite efforts to have the selection convention re-run.

Connie Gerety Quinn was nominated as a candidate in Longford by default last month in a move that infuriated a tranche of party members.

Delegates were issued with a directive that a female candidate must be selected to run alongside sitting TD Robert Troy. As the only female candidate in the race, Ms Gerety Quinn selected without a vote.

The move prompted the Longford branch to submit a motion calling for the decision to be reversed and for a convention to be held.

However, the Fianna Fáil national executive today rejected the motion, according to party sources.

It's understood he issue was put to a vote by party leader Micheal Martin and that it was defeated.

It appears now that despite protests, Ms Gerety Quinn will remain the candidate.

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