Sunday 22 September 2019

FG struggling to find women for local elections


John Paul Phelan. Photo: Tom Burke
John Paul Phelan. Photo: Tom Burke
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Fine Gael is struggling to get women on the ballot paper for the local elections and is planning a drive to increase the number of female candidates.

The party's newly appointed director of elections for the local elections due to take place next May, John Paul Phelan, has been tasked with getting more women on board.

Speaking at the party's ard fheis, leader Leo Varadkar said Fine Gael is currently at around 20pc of candidates for the council elections but it is planned to raise that number to 30pc before polling day.

Mr Varadkar said that "aside from being the right thing to do", the party needs to add more women on councils. The country is on track for introducing gender quotas of 40pc at general elections by 2023 and the Taoiseach noted that without having women coming through at local level it will be more difficult to do.

He said the party will be making practical and financial supports available to encourage more women.

Irish Independent

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