Fianna Fail has this evening (Thursday) selected Connie Gerety-Quinn to stand as its Longford candidate following a heated selection convention.
Ms Gerety-Quinn’s nomination was officially declared by chairman, Sean Fleming TD, after party headquarters issued a gender quota directive less than 24 hours beforehand.
It was decision which was met with universal criticism from disgruntled delegates, several of whom called for the convention to be adjourned.
The evening’s two other candidates, Cllr Seamus Butler and Pat O’Rourke also hit out at the ruling.
“What has happened tonight is an absolute travesty,” said Cllr Butler.
A number of other councillors were quick to endorse those sentiments, none mire so than the county’s longest serving local representative, Cllr Luie McEntire.
“It’s a pure scandal to bring this amount of people out tonight,” he said, as he bemoaned the decision to prevent local members from exercising their vote.
“They have come from Dromard to Ballymahon and all over only to be told they can’t exercise their democratic right.
“It’s a pure disgrace.”