Fine Gael TD supports concern over gender quota

Longford Westmeath Deputy Peter Burke is supporting a call for the gender quota legislation to be revisited as a matter of urgency.

The legislation requiring the political parties to offer a minimum proportion of candidates from both sexes was brought in in 2012 and is set to increase from 30% to 40% in the next couple of years.

If the parties don’t meet the quotas they stand to lose half of their central exchequer funding.

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Speaking in Mullingar last night a Westmeath councillor who was nominated to contest convention, objected to the fact that a gender directive has been issued for the second time in recent years.

Councillor Tom Farrell who’s from the Athlone area similar to Senator Gab Mc Fadden says he was withdrawing because there couldn’t be two candidates from the same area.

Speaking to Shannonside News at last night’s convention Deputy Peter Burke says he doesn’t believe the gender quota is helping politics.