Politics still an exclusive and largely male pursuit, Fianna Fáil councillors say, Ireland

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Politics still an exclusive and largely male pursuit, Fianna Fáil councillors say, Ireland

Politics will continue to be an exclusive and largely male pursuit until political parties take a serious look at a more representative system, two female councillors with a strong family background in Fianna Fáil have said.

Rachel Doherty, daughter of former Fianna Fáíl justice minister the late Seán Doherty, and Orla Leyden, daughter of Senator Terry Leyden, both ruled themselves out of running in their party’s selection convention for the Roscommon-South Leitrim byelection this week. A third female councillor, Sinéad Guckian, with a strong Leitrim base, followed suit, leaving two men to contend the nomination. It was won by Athleague auctioneer and first-time councillor Ivan Connaughton (31) on Wednesday.

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