Monday 27 February 2017

Hanafin up for the fight as the Battle of Blackrock is about to recommence

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Mary Hanafin with Polly O’Donnell, who runs Halo jewellery shop in Glasthule, Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
Mary Hanafin with Polly O’Donnell, who runs Halo jewellery shop in Glasthule, Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers

When Mary Hanafin was snapped last December celebrating after getting a first in her MA in American Studies, she texted the photo to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and the party's general secretary Sean Dorgan.

"First count, first class!" she wrote. The pointed point surely wasn't lost on either.

It was only six months after the party emerged from what Mary refers to as the "big shemozzle" when she ran in local elections against Kate Feeney, the 'official' Fianna Fáil candidate for Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown.

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