Sunday 23 April 2017

Mary Hanafin piles pressure on FF to be added to general election ticket

Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin, Cllr Cormac Devlin and Cllr Kate Feeney at the Fianna Fail selection convention for Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney.

Former minister Mary Hanafin is piling pressure on Fianna Fail to add her to the general election ticket in Dun Laoghaire after narrowly missing out at Monday's selection convention.

Ms Hanafin has told senior Fianna Fail figures that the vote she secured from delegates warrants her being added as the running mate of Cormac Devlin.

However, the party is split over whether to add the ex-TD to the ticket for fear such a move could scupper any prospect of Fianna Fail taking a seat in Dun Laoghaire.

Mr Devlin defeated Ms Hanafin at the selection convention in Killiney Castle by four votes.

Ms Hanafin was ahead following the first count, however the transfers of councillor Kate Feeney pushed Mr Devlin over the line.

Mr Devlin last night said all candidates were of the view prior to convention that a one-candidate strategy is the best option. Ms Hanafin did not respond for comment.

Mr Devlin was announced the winner by 68 votes to 64 after Ms Feeney's transfers were distributed during the convention at Killiney Castle Hotel on Monday evening, chaired by Senator Thomas Byrne.

Mary Hanafin, Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney before the selection convention

Dun Laoghaire is a four-seat constituency but is effectively a three-seater as sitting TD and Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett will be automatically re-elected to the next Dail.

Party bosses have the option to add another candidate to the ticket and as Fianna Fail has under 23pc of female candidates to date, either Mary Hanafin or Kate Feeney may yet get the call up.

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