Former Minister Mary O’Rourke says she’s still against the idea of gender quotas, despite coming to Kerry this weekend to canvass with Cllr Norma Moriarty.
The former Fianna Fail deputy leader will be in Waterville on Saturday to canvass with Cllr Moriarty, who’s hoping to win a seat in next year’s general election. The secondary school teacher was selected to run for the party in Kerry, as part of an effort by Fianna Fail to meet its gender quota requirements. Speaking to Jerry O’Sullivan on the Kerry Today programme, Mary O’Rourke said she still believed candidates should be chosen on their merits, and not their gender. But she added that Councillor Moriarty had impressed her as a candidate for the new five-seat constituency: