Deirdre Heney slams FF ‘old boys’ club’ and brands Haughey run ‘unfair’
Fianna Fail councillor Deirdre Heney said today it was “very, very unfair” that Sean Haughey was added to the party ticket in Dublin Bay North.
She said she was “extremely disappointed” in party leader Micheal Martin and referred to his friendship with Haughey.
She also twice declined to express confidence in the party leader when asked on Newstalk radio, opting instead to express her disappointment in Mr Martin.
Last night, she told the Herald the adding of Haughey shows the “old boys’ brigade is alive and well” in the party.
Ms Heney said she believes Mr Haughey’s friendship with party leader Micheal Martin was a factor in the decision.
But she added she will not allow the move to “get in the way of my efforts to meet the needs of voters” in the constituency.
The prominent Dublin City councillor is understood to have been left shocked by the decision to add Mr Haughey, who she defeated at the selection convention.
The decision was communicated to Ms Heney by party headquarters yesterday. She was out canvassing when she received a phone call informing her of the news.
Ms Heney said the move could cost the party a seat in the highly-competitive constituency.
“The most worrying and awful thing is that this shows that the old boys’ brigade is alive and kicking in Fianna Fail,” Ms Heney said.
And she rounded on party leader Micheal Martin, accusing him of backing Mr Haughey because of their friendship.
“I was selected fairly and squarely after winning convention. But now, for a second time, he [Haughey] has been added on top of me, as what happened in the locals,” she added.
“But one thing is for sure, I won’t let the friendship between Micheal Martin and Sean Haughey get in the way of my efforts to serve the needs of voters in Dublin Bay North.”
Meanwhile, FF secretary general Sean Dorgan wrote to members in Dun Laoghaire warning them of “legal obligations” to meet gender quotas ahead of the highly anticipated selection convention there.