Michelle Ní Chonaill made her claim after Barry Walsh, who is originally from Mitchelstown but now living in Dublin, resigned from his internal party post yesterday. He had come under pressure after a series of his tweets emerged, which included targeting pro-choice women, and directing the word ‘bitch’ at a number of female TDs.
However, Ms Ní Chonaill, a former member of Fine Gael and Young Fine Gael in UCC, said this type of behaviour is not isolated to just one person
“The Fine Gael standpoint that this is unacceptable behaviour is welcomed, but their position that it is isolated or one bad egg is not. Sexism is systematic, very rarely isolated and protected by pack mentality,” she said, adding that she left the party after a number of years of men telling her it was not appropriate to raise issues like abortion in certain settings.
“The root of the problem is that both male and female members fail to recognise privilege, which is apparent in a lot of their economic views, but also in their social views.