FF candidate told to avoid Hanafin
Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30
FIANNA Fail has advised its candidate Kate Feeney to "steer well clear" of her running mate Mary Hanafin during the local election campaign.
Ms Feeney has been warned that the former education minister represents a "major threat" to her chances and that she should avoid confrontations on the campaign trail at all costs.
Fianna Fail sources have admitted that Ms Feeney has been left deeply upset by Ms Hanafin's entry into the race, which was confirmed on Tuesday despite serious protestations from party headquarters.
Ms Feeney has been told her chances of election will be severely dented if she engages in a row with Ms Hanafin.
"She's been told the only way she will win is if she steers well clear of Hanafin," said a well-placed source.
The fallout from events leading to her being put forward as a candidate in the Blackrock ward continues to cause deep divisions within the party, with Micheal Martin's leadership of Fianna Fail now being brought into serious question.