Wednesday 16 January 2019

Sexism row involving Fine Gael senators is resolved

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A sexism row between Fine Gael senators that led to Catherine Noone lodging a complaint with party bosses is understood to have been resolved.

Ms Noone had alleged that a fellow senator repeatedly speaks down to her, dismisses her views and treats her in a misogynistic way.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he took the allegations very seriously, and party chairman Martin Heydon and general secretary Tom Curran initiated an investigation.

The man accused of the inappropriate behaviour is understood to have disputed much of the allegations.

A number of party sources said the issue had now been resolved by mutual agreement. It is understood the probe will be formally called off next week.

Fine Gael's parliamentary party meeting was cancelled on Wednesday due to the weather. But it is believed that, had it gone ahead, TDs and senators would have been briefed that the issue has been resolved.

One source said Ms Noone was satisfied with the process - but she was unavailable for comment. Queries to the Fine Gael press office were met with a "no comment".

Irish Independent

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