Hanafin makes selection plea from Russia
Former minister Mary Hanafin has made a late plea from Russia ahead of the Dún Laoghaire selection convention, warning that Fianna Fáil's future hinges on election success.
Ms Hanafin is in a three-way battle with councillors Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney ahead of Monday's contest after the party opted against issuing a gender diktat.
Senior party sources believe Ms Hanafin has the strongest chance of taking a seat, however there is an acceptance that Mr Devlin is likely to win the convention.
In a letter to party delegates, Ms Hanafin said she is "best placed" to take a seat.
"The forthcoming general election is crucial for Fianna Fáil both in Dún Laoghaire and nationally and our future as a party depends on our success," Ms Hanafin wrote. She explains that she cannot meet all delegates in the coming days because she is speaking at conference in St Petersburg.
"As I am on the only Irish invitee, it is not possible for me to pull out," she added.