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Dublin woman pulls out of Miss Ireland over ‘bizarre’ rules requiring contestants to not be mothers

The 19-year-old is in second year of her midwifery course and said that helping to deliver babies promoted her decision to question the rules and ultimately pull out of the competition.

A Miss Dublin contestant has pulled out of the competition after she raised concerns over “bizarre” and “outdated” rules that require contestants to have never been married or have children.

Blue Scannell made the finals of the beauty pageant, with the winner going on to compete in Miss Ireland and possibly Miss World.

But when the student midwife raised an issue with rules that state that entrants must “be unmarried or never have been married” and “has never given birth to a child” she was told in an email that she would be better off withdrawing from the contest.

“In the reply they asked me if I would be happy enough to keep going with something that I didn’t believe in and to let them know by 5pm whether I was still in the competition or not,” she told RTE’s Liveline.

“I think they can tell that I’m out of the competition. I don’t think a reply is really necessary.”

Blue added that a number of sponsors she secured when she entered the competition have since told her they would not have backed her if they had known the rules.

The 19-year-old is in second year of her midwifery course and said that helping to deliver babies prompted her decision to question the rules and ultimately pull out of the competition.

“A mother can choose whether she wants to enter,” she said.

“It’s no one else’s opinion whether a mother couldn’t enter because she’d be too busy. Who are we to make that decision for that mother?”

She added that the bond she made with mothers whose babies she has helped deliver copper-fastened her resolve to call the rules into question.

“It is amazing and you have a great relationship with the woman and the family afterwards and I’m think how can I be involved with something that singles them out,” she said.

“I’m supposed to be a woman’s advocate, a woman’s friend, and I’m involved with something that says they can’t take part.”

 

Source – Dublin Live
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