Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the presidential election campaign in 2018
Eleven senators will eventually be nominated by the incoming Taoiseach.
Speaking about a resistance to the progress of women, Ms O’Connell said:
“This stems down, it’s a domino effect from the local elections. But also there was a massive pushback from certain sectors and I’m speaking about my own party because that’s what I have knowledge of.
“When there is progress from women there is pushback from some elements within the party usually the younger, Young Fine Gael wing.”
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