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Lord Mayor nominee who claimed voters should pick 'women with real life experience of childbirth' says remarks were 'ill-chosen'


Tom Brabazon

Tom Brabazon

Tom Brabazon

A Fianna Fáil councillor has said he hopes controversial comments he made about women in politics won't hurt his chances of becoming Lord Mayor of Dublin tonight.

Tom Brabazon faced criticism after he claimed in 2015 that voters should pick "real women with real life experience of childbirth".

Mr Brabazon has been nominated to replace newly elected TD Paul McAuliffe as Lord Mayor of Dublin in a city council vote tonight.

He told the Irish Independent he had apologised for the comments and he hoped it would not affect tonight's vote by Dublin City Council members.

The remarks came in an article he wrote for the 'Northside People' in 2015 where he criticised the legislation bringing in gender quotas.

He wrote: "We should want real women with real life experience of the education system, the workplace, childbirth, childcare, managing money in tight situations and general life."

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said at the time that Mr Brabazon's view was "unacceptable".

Last night, Mr Brabazon said: "They were ill-chosen words. It was bad judgment on my part at the time and I accept that.

"I withdrew the remarks and I apologised for any hurt caused to anybody at the time."

Asked if he had any concern the comments could affect tonight's vote, he said: "I would hope that it wouldn't once people are made aware that there was a fulsome apology."

He said gender quotas had seen more women candidates stand for election and "it has succeeded to the extent that for young people there are female political heroes that are there, they can look up to, and try to emulate".

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