Thursday 21 September 2017

Mary's set for a horror re-run

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's a cliche of all the best horror films that the villain comes back right at the end of the story, just when the good guys think they've finally finished him off. Fianna Fail is trying to do to the electorate what Freddie Krueger has been doing to teenagers in Elm Street in sequel after sequel. Nightmare On Kildare Street, anyone?

Latest to re-emerge from the shadows, just when the electorate thought they'd seen the last of her, is Mary Hanafin, former deputy leader of the Soldiers of Destiny, who's decided she's fed up being a former elected politician and has accepted an invitation, since withdrawn, from the party to run again in the local elections. (Can the woman not take a hint?) At the last general election, her vote in Dun Laoghaire more than halved. There hasn't been such a catastrophic loss of support since Pamela Anderson mislaid her Wonderbra.

You have to hand it to her. The country may not have much brass left, but her neck still appears to be made of the stuff. Now all she has to do is hope those posters saying "Vote No. 1 For Hanafin" don't turn out to be a prediction of the number of votes she's going to get.

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