Monday 26 September 2016

Fianna Fail decides against issuing gender diktat in Dun Laoghaire

Published 23/09/2015 | 20:01

Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin

FIANNA Fáil has decided against issuing a gender diktat in Dún Laoghaire in a move that paves the way for a three way battle between former minister Mary Hanafin and councillors Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney.

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Senior Fianna Fáil sources tonight described the decision was “carefully taken” given the threat of legal action made by Mr Devlin.

The frontrunner in next Monday’s convention had sought legal advice amid growing speculation within the party that a diktat would be issued which would prevent him from running.

Even as late as yesterday afternoon, senior figures with a direct role in candidate selection said the preference was for a sole female candidate strategy.

However, it emerged tonight that the party has agreed against issuing a diktat.

Mr Devlin is likely to win the convention. The party will then have to decide whether to add Ms Hanafin or Ms Feeney, sources say.

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