Thursday 14 December 2017

'The left isn't representing the concerns of most voters' - Fianna Fail councillor Kate Feeney

Mary Hanafin and Kate Feeney
Mary Hanafin and Kate Feeney

David Kearns

Fianna Fail are needed "to be a voice" for those forgotten by the Irish hard left, claims councillor Kate Feeney.

Announcing her intent to seek the party’s nomination to run for the Dail in Dun Laoghaire, the councillor said her party needed to regain the public’s trust so that those “not being served by the Government or the hard left” could be represented.

“Fianna Fail will have a very tough time to win seats back, I don’t think that will be a surprise to anyone… [but] we need to regaining voter trust because there’s a large segment of the population who are not being served by this Government or hard left opposition groups,” she said.

“There are issues that are affecting my peer-group massively, such as rising rents and the accessibility of mortgages, and, as far as I can see, they’re not being given enough of a voice at the national stage.”

Read More: Battle of Blackrock II: Mary Hanafin and Kate Feeney to battle for Fianna Fail General Election nomination

Speaking on the Marian Finucane Show, the Fianna Fail councillor sought to downplay her rivalry with former minister Mary Hanafin – who is also seeking her party’s nomination to run in Dun Laoghaire.

“There was a lot of bad reports on what happened… [but] I was nominated by the local party to stand in the election and there was, possibility, some confusion over councillor Hanafin’s nomination.”

“Ultimately [she] was not an official Fianna Fail candidate on the ballot paper, while she was marked down on it as such.”

Read More: Fianna Fáil bosses hatch plan to secure Mary Hanafin win in a dramatic U-turn

Amid the 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 Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the Blackrock ward following their failed Dail bids, and now both are, again, seeking the Fianna Fail nomination to run in the general election in the south Dublin constituency.

Dun Laoghaire-based councillor Cormac Devlin, who has the backing of party grandee Mary O’Rourke, is also set to contest.

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