FG always play the religious card in this constituency and it makes sense. I would not call it sectarian, but it is a blatant strategy to attract the Protestant vote. The party is traditionally seen as pro-British and more inclusive of the Protestant minority, given the history it has compared to FF.
When Seymour Crawford stepped down, Humphreys was drafted in deliberately to get Protestant support and it was seen as an easy seat where she could pick up where Seymour left off.
In any case its good to have someone from the other tradition representing the area, minorities can often feel alienated, and Cavan/Monaghan has a relatively big Protestant minority.
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