'They'd pick me if I were a woman!'

Mayor Pat Hussey. Photo: Paul Tearle
Mayor Pat Hussey. Photo: Paul Tearle

Simon Brouder

MAYOR of Tralee Pat Hussey believes he would have been nominated to fight the next local elections for Fine Gael if he were a woman.

The Fine Gael councillor furiously lashed out at his party, claiming he is the victim of "discrimination" and that he was unfairly blocked from seeking a place on the party ticket at next year's local elections because of a gender quota aimed at ensuring women make up 30 per cent of FG candidates.

A furious Cllr Hussey told The Kerryman he believes he had enough votes and would have won the nomination were it not for the gender quota, and accused his party of being "underhanded" and giving him "a kick in the teeth".

Cllr Hussey said he is now considering quitting the party and he might even run as an independent candidate.

His party colleague Cllr Grace O'Donnell, who won the nomination, says she earned her place and hit out at Cllr Hussey, who, she said, "could have handled the situation much better".