Wednesday 26 October 2016

Hanafin makes selection plea from Russia

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Former minister Mary Hanafin
Former minister Mary Hanafin

Former minister Mary Hanafin has made a late plea from Russia ahead of the Dún Laoghaire selection convention, warning that Fianna Fáil's future hinges on election success.

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Ms Hanafin is in a three-way battle with councillors Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney ahead of Monday's contest after the party opted against issuing a gender diktat.

Senior party sources believe Ms Hanafin has the strongest chance of taking a seat, however there is an acceptance that Mr Devlin is likely to win the convention.

In a letter to party delegates, Ms Hanafin said she is "best placed" to take a seat.

"The forthcoming general election is crucial for Fianna Fáil both in Dún Laoghaire and nationally and our future as a party depends on our success," Ms Hanafin wrote. She explains that she cannot meet all delegates in the coming days because she is speaking at conference in St Petersburg.

"As I am on the only Irish invitee, it is not possible for me to pull out," she added.

Irish Independent

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