FIANNA Fáil councillor Kate Feeney has thrown her hat in the ring to seek the party's nomination to run for the Dáil in Dún Laoghaire.
Her decision to go forward means the first-time councillor will resume her rivalry with former minister Mary Hanafin.
In a repeat of the 'Battle of Blackrock', Ms Feeney said she would be contesting the Fianna Fáil selection convention, expected to take place before the end of next month. Ms Feeney said: "Competition within the party is good, it makes us all work harder, so I am not worried about the previous election."
Ms Hanafin said that Ms Feeney's entrance into the race would not deter her in her bid. She said the party should and could only run one candidate, given the number of seats in the constituency. "A poll should be done to see who would have the best chance of taking a seat," she said.
Amid a botched nomination process, Ms Feeney and Ms Hanafin fought a bitter battle for council seats in last year's local elections.
Both were elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and will now both be seeking the Fianna Fáil nomination to run in the General Election in the constituency.
Dún Laoghaire-based councillor Cormac Devlin is also set to contest it. Daniel McConnell