Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hanafin considers flipping to Seanad

Donal O'Donovan

OUTGOING Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin last night confirmed she is thinking about running for the Seanad, as she said Fianna Fail was "a male, rural and small party".

Despite no longer being a TD, Ms Hanafin remains a member of the Cabinet until tomorrow.

She must decide next week if she wants to run for the Seanad before nominations close.

Ms Hanafin's hints came as she attended the Irish Hotels Federation's annual conference at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan as her final official engagement.

"Public service is in my blood, but I don't know whether I'll go for the Seanad," Ms Hanafin said.

"Fianna Fail is now a male, rural and small party," she added.

The minister told the conference that her wish for incoming ministers was that they "leave the country as soon as possible".

To laughter, Ms Hanafin added that ministers should use St Patrick's Day to boost tourism at home by travelling abroad.

She also wished the new government luck on their plan to cut the €3 travel tax.

"I notice it is subject to routes being reopened by the airlines and I think they are dead right to do that," she said.

Irish Independent

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