Tuesday 22 May 2018

Fine Gael sexism row 'dealt with'

Senator Catherine Noone has alleged a male colleague repeatedly speaks down to her, dismisses her views and treats her in a misogynistic way
Senator Catherine Noone has alleged a male colleague repeatedly speaks down to her, dismisses her views and treats her in a misogynistic way
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A FINE Gael senator who accused a colleague of bullying has declared the matter “dealt with” at a party meeting tonight.

Catherine Noone surprised TDs and senators two weeks ago when she claimed to be a victim of sexism.

Ms Noone, who chaired the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendent, said a male colleague consistently spoke down to her and acted disrespectful.

The speech led Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to initiate an internal party investigation – but this has now been called off.

It is understood the senator address colleagues again tonight, informing them that the issue “has been dealt with”.

A source indicated Ms Noone said: “I want to get on with my work in a professional manner.”

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.

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