Wannabe Mary has a mountain to climb, just like Fianna Fail
She is the wannabe comeback woman of born-again Fianna Fail – but it seems party leader, Micheal Martin, is not all that enthused about having Mary Hanafin around the place. Yet, this this is make or break time for Mary. She has to try and kick-start a political career down in the doldrums, and slowly heading for oblivion. So in recent weeks, she has been bobbing and weaving out on the FF hinterland, plotting her return to frontline politics.
However, there are many hassles ahead for the one-time government minister. Biggest of all is the suspicion that looking at things from the Micheal Martin inner sanctum, she is viewed politically as 'damaged goods'. But be that as it may, and regardless of the fact she had disappeared from national view following the humiliating loss of her Dail seat – one of the craftiest political operators around is now very much back on the scene.
Her biggest problem is that her image remains rooted in the collective which was Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen, Mary Coughlan, Noel Dempsey, Dermot Ahern, Willie O'Dea, Eamon O'Cuiv etc, who were around when Irish living standards began to tumble.