‘It appears very clear to me that I’m not the desired candidate for Fine Gael in the Dublin Bay South by-election. I’ve had no engagement from the leadership of the party …’ Former Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell tells @TodaywithClaire | https://t.co/twLDUyAy36 pic.twitter.com/fzxQMU5OCx
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 7, 2021
Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio One.
Kate O’Connell said over the years she has faced personalised commentary and attacks on her and thinks there was a “pushback” against her to replace her.
At one Fine Gael meeting, she said, her team arrived before her and someone had got a sod of turf and was going to present it to her in front of people at the meeting.
She said that was “designed to diminish” and tell her she was “not from here” but from the country.
She said a sign was also erected outside her pharmacy pointing towards the M50 saying “Westmeath this way“.
Ms O’Connell said attempts were made to label her as “undesirable, unsuitable and not good enough”.