‘I’m so sad I can’t talk about it’
The Irish woman who was the first woman to be elected as the leader of a major party in the country said she was “so sad” that she could not talk about the incident.
She said that the incident had affected her so badly she could barely breathe.
I was just really so distraught that I couldn’t even think about it.
“I’m sure it’s very distressing,” she told The Irish Sun.
“It has a massive effect on people’s lives, and it affects their families, their friends and it’s just a very sad thing to have happened to a woman who is a very strong person and has done so much for the country.”
Ms O’Sullivan was one of five women who were elected to the leadership of Fine Gael in the first ever female party leadership contest.
Her victory was not without controversy.
The party’s leadership committee was made up of women who supported Ms O’Brien’s candidacy and her supporters were told she was not fit to be leader.
Finnish Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, who had been in the spotlight following his resignation last year, said Ms O-Sullivan had been “misunderstood” and had been put through “a lot of difficult circumstances”.
“It’s a difficult decision, it’s a personal one and it has a huge impact on people, but she’s made a good decision,” Mr Roivas said.
Ms O-Brien said she had no regrets about her decision to stand as the party’s candidate.
“I feel very, very proud of myself, I feel like I’ve done my best and I think I’ve been given the opportunity to do so and I’m very grateful,” she said.
“The party is very strong and we are doing really well and I feel very proud.”
She also thanked the party for supporting her during the election campaign.
“Thank you so much to the party, the supporters and everyone who’s helped me,” she added.
In a statement, the party said Ms Aulock had been a “strong leader” in her role as the country’s youngest member of parliament and had made a “profound contribution to the political process”.
“She was a strong leader who demonstrated strong leadership skills and a strong understanding of the political landscape in Ireland and a very clear vision of what a successful Fine Gael Government would look like,” it said.