Monday 18 December 2017

Mary Hanafin to seek FF seat again – but agrees party is doing 'brutal' in Dublin

Former TD Mary Hanafin
Former TD Mary Hanafin
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

MARY Hanafin wants to run for Fianna Fail in the next general election, but agrees with Bertie Ahern the party’s performance in Dublin is “brutal”.

The former Education Minister has confirmed she wants to run for the Dail in Dun Laoghaire, after losing her seat in Fianna Fail’s 2011 general election rout.

Ms Hanafin told RTE’s Sean O’Rourke she will seek a nomination from the party

“I would intend to contest the convention for Fianna Fail in Dublin,” she said.

She said when she was eliminated in the general election count, she was on 9,000 votes.

“I think I was the last man standing in Dublin in the last general election,” she said.

But she said the party’s performance in the polls was not strong.

“The opinion polls aren’t exactly in our favour – pretty awful at the moment,” she said.

“That doesn’t auger very well for the coming elections,” she said.

Last week, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern attacked Mr Martin and said the party was doing “brutal”.

Ms Hanafin said she didn’t want to get involved in the row.

But she pointed to the party’s 9pc rating in Dublin in a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.

“That is brutal – that is absolutely appalling,” she said.

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