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Friday 29 August 2014

Micheal Martin ‘forgives’ Mary Hanafin

Two seats won after embarrassing row

Philip Ryan

Published 24/05/2014 | 17:36

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Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin has dramatically forgiven Mary Hanafin after an embarrassing internal row over the former Education Minister’s nomination in the local election.

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Mr Martin said the bitter conflict over Ms Hanafin’s nomination was now “water under the bridge” when asked about her poll results today.

Early tallies suggest Ms Hanafin is set to join her party colleague Ogra Fianna Fail president Kate Feeney on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Ms Hanafin also said the turf war was now over and said she was “looking forward to working” with the Fianna Fail leader.

She was initially asked to run for the party days before the nomination deadline but at the last minute it was decided to run Ms Feeney as the party’s only candidate.

Ms Hanafin defied Fianna Fail headquarters and registered as a candidate at the eleventh hour.

Mr Martin called Ms Hanafin three times asking her to withdraw but she ignored his demands.

Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY.  24/5/14
Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 24/5/14
Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY.  24/5/14
Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 24/5/14
Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west.  Picture;  GERRY MOONEY.  24/5/14
Mary Hanafin pictured afer her election at the count in City west. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 24/5/14

Fianna Fail then launched an internal investigation into Ms Hanafin’s decision to run and it was suggested she might be expelled from the party.

But with both Ms Hanafin and Ms Feeney set to take seats, Mr Martin seems to have forgiven the former minister.

Asked by RTE about Ms Hanafin’s polling, Mr Martin said “every party has internal rows” and insisted the highly publicised controversy was now “water under the bridge”.

Ms Hanafin later said it was time to let “bygones be bygones”.

“If we didn’t have two candidates we wouldn’t have two seats,” she added.

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