Fianna Fail has added solicitor Lorraine Clifford Lee to the ticket in Dublin Fingal for the forthcoming General Election.
Fianna Fáil’s National Constituencies Committee confirmed the addition earlier today.
Her addition comes as parties attempt to meet the 30pc gender quotas for the election.
Mrs Clifford Lee was a very prominent member of the party’s team during the 2014 local elections and is well thought of by Micheal Martin.
She is a highly active member of Fianna Fáil, Lorraine plays a key role on the party’s Ard Chomhairle and is central to efforts to boost female participation in the party at all levels.
She lives in Portmarnock with her journalist husband, John Lee, and their young daughter, Kitty.
She will join Senator Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil’s Leader in the Seanad and Spokesperson on Dublin, who was selected by members at a party convention in December.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Mrs Clifford Lee said she was delighted at being selected. “I really look forward to working with Darragh to providing a strong team in Dublin Fingal.”
Confirming the selection, Chairman of the National Constituencies Committee Michael Moynihan TD said, “With the addition of Lorraine Clifford Lee, Fianna Fáil has an extremely strong ticket in Dublin Fingal.
"The party is in a very competitive position to regain our strong footing in this key Dublin constituency.
"Lorraine is a committed and highly valued member of Fianna Fáil. She joins Senator Darragh O’Brien who, along with our local council team, has built Fianna Fáil into the largest political organisation in Fingal.
"I know that together, Darragh and Lorraine will run a highly energetic and formidable campaign and provide excellent representation to the people of Dublin Fingal.”
I hate gender quotas. To me, they seem manufactured to present a healthy picture of a situation. They remind me of a cheesy Christmas card I used to get with a shiny, happy family snap on the front, just that little bit too sweet to be wholesome. They are idealistic, they are forced and in the democratic process, they have the potential to sell us short. At least you know where I stand.