Mary Hanafin added to Fianna Fail's general election ticket in Dun Laoghaire
Fianna Fail has dramatically added former Education Minister Mary Hanafin to the party's general election ticket in the Dun Laoghaire constituency.
Ms Hanafin lost out to Fianna Fail Councillor Cormac Devlin at a recent Fianna Fail selection convention.
Fianna Fail councillor Kate Feeney finished ahead of Ms Hanafin in the selection convention but she will not be added to the ticket. The party will now run two candidates in the general election.
Sources close to Ms Hanafin said her supporters were led to believe she was always to be added to the ticket by Fianna Fail headquarters.
“We always knew Mary would be added, we were just wondering why it was taking so long,” the source said.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Ms Hanafin said she was “excited” to run in another general election campaign.
My commitment has always been to public service and the constituency and I look forward to continuing to do that.
However, she said she does not believe Fianna Fail can secure two seats in Dun Laoghaire.
Mr Devlin said he “welcomed” the addition of Ms Hanafin to the ticket and added that he is looking forward to working with her on the campaign.
In a statement, Mr Devlin said: 'it was a privilege to be selected by the members of Dún Laoghaire Fianna Fáil as their candidate for the next general election. I welcome the early finalisation of the ticket."
"Undoubtedly, Kate Feeney will be disappointed with the decision, especially given her strong performance at the selection convention. However, I am certain she will continue to make an important contribution to the party into the future."
"I look forward to contesting the general election when it occurs. In the meantime, I remain focused on working across the constituency to represent the people of Dún Laoghaire."