Gerety-Quinn hits out

Fianna Fail candidate for Longford-Westmeath in the upcoming General Election, Connie Gerety-Quinn.
Fianna Fáil candidate for Longford Connie Gerety-Quinn has hit out at a decision to hold a vote of no confidence in her at a Fianna Fáil meeting in Longford last week.

Fianna Fáil candidate for Longford Connie Gerety-Quinn has hit out at a decision to hold a vote of no confidence in her at a Fianna Fáil meeting in Longford last week.

Connie Gerety-Quinn said that she believed that the decision to hold the vote of no confidence was not fair.

“It reeks of misogynism,” she told the Leader. “It paints a picture of the 1950s men’s smoking rooms without the smoke. Shame on them.”

Meanwhile unsuccessful candidate Pat O’Rourke has called upon Fianna Fáil leader to intervene in the matter now. Speaking on RTÉ television, Mr O’Rourke said the issue was “doing tremendous damage to the party” in Longford.

On the same programme, Cllr Seamus Butler said that he had been discriminated against as a man when the decision was taken to seek female candidate at the convention.

During the debate he said that if the same discrimination had been shown against a woman “you’d be running buses to Longford and burning your bras on Main Street, it’d be on the front of the Irish Times”.

For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.