Saturday 26 May 2018

Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney succeeds following tight selection in latest 'gendermandering' session

Colm Keaveney. Photo: Tom Burke
Colm Keaveney. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney has been selected following a tight selection convention contest in Galway after the party issued its latest gender diktat..

The directive that one female and one male candidate be put forward meant that councillor Anne Rabbitte was automatically added to the ticket - leaving Mr Keaveney in a battle with councillor Michael Connolly and Gerry Finnerty.

There had been concern within Fianna Fáil that Mr Keaveney, a former Labour TD, was facing defeat as a result of the gender dikat.

However, it was announced that he was selected at a packed convention this evening that Mr Keaveney won the vote.

The party has already faced criticism over gender directives issued in the Dublin South Central and Dublin Central constituencies.

Senior party figures say the party is guilty of "gendermandering".

Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan and councillor Tom Neville was selected to run for party in Limerick.

Mr O'Donovan, who is a close supporter of the Taoiseach secured 277 votes at the selection convention in Adare.

Mr Neville, the son of outgoing TD and party chairman Dan Neville, finished second with 187 votes.

He was followed by councillor Bill O'Donnell (90 votes) and Jerome Scanlan (59 votes).

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