A Fianna Fáil frontbencher has said the party is facing internal 'resistance' to meeting gender quotas.
Public Expenditure Spokesperson Sean Fleming was speaking after he chaired last night’s selection convention in Longford, during which dozens of members walked out after Connie Gerety-Quinn was added to the general election ticket because of a gender directive issued by party HQ.
It is the latest incident in which the party's gender policy has been thrown into the spotlight - after Dublin South Central Councillor Daithi De Roiste said "he had been blocked from seeking" election by a similar directive in his constituency.
Sean Fleming has said a lot of party members aren't happy with the 30% gender quota target, but it must be met.
“Fianna Fáil has no women TDs as we speak and that is something we must correct, those people who think we should stay a male party, I reject that entirely,” Mr Fleming said.
“I believe we are at a disadvantage not having women TDs and we must set about correcting that and that is difficult and there is some resistance to that but I believe it is the right thing and Fianna Fáil cannot contemplate going into the next Dáil with no women TDs."