Saturday 17 March 2018

Former minister Mary Hanafin added to Fianna Fail ticket in Dún Laoghaire

Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin

Niall O'Connor and Daniel McConnell

Former minister Mary Hanafin has been added to the Fianna Fáil ticket in Dún Laoghaire.

Ms Hanafin was defeated by councillor Cormac Devlin at Monday’s selection convention by four votes having initially been ahead on first preferences.

She has previously claimed that the party should only put forward one candidate in Dún Laoghaire as it is effectively a three seat constituency.

The decision to add her to the ticket was announced by the party’s National Constituencies Committee (NCC) today.

Mr Devlin said the move dramatically decreased the party’s prospects of taking a seat.

“I remain of the view that a one-candidate strategy is preferable. That was the agreed strategy of the party and all three potential candidates. I will, nevertheless, work closely with the local organisation and Mary to ensure the party has the best possible chance of winning a seat,” he said.

“Obviously this decision dramatically reduces the chances of Fianna Fáil securing a seat in Dún Laoghaire, but this just means that myself and party members will work even harder than before,” he added.

Ms Hanafin said she is now focused on taking a seat for the party, adding that she is “delighted” to have topped the poll at Monday’s convention.

Dún Laoghaire is effectively a three seat constituency due to the presence of Fine Gael’s Séan Barrett who does not need to go before the electorate due to his position as Ceann Comhairle. 

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