Tralee Fine Gael Cllr very bitter with party over gender quota directive

New Mayor of Tralee Fine Gael Cllr Pat HusseyTralee Fine Gael Cllr Pat Hussey says he’s very bitter with his party, because he claims a gender quota directive blocked his nomination to contest next year’s local elections. Pat Hussey, who’s currently the Mayor of Tralee Town Council, along with Jim Finucane, Pat McCarthy, Mairead Fernane and Grace O’ Donnell had put their names forward for the Tralee Electoral Area convention last Friday night. It was announced at the meeting that the gender quota directive would be implemented, meaning that of the three candidates going forward, one would have to be female. Cllr Hussey, who has been a member of Fine Gael for 35 years and strongly objects to the directive, then withdrew his name. The Tralee councillor believes the government should never have abolished town councils; in fact he feels there should have been more town councils in Kerry. [audio_player src=””]