New 'Battle of Blackrock' as Kate Feeney to run against Mary Hanafin
FIANNA Fail Councillor Kate Feeney has thrown her hat in the ring to seek the party's nomination to run for the Dail in Dun Laoghaire.
Her decision to go forward means the first-time councillor will resume her rivalry with former minister Mary Hanafin.
In a repeat of the 'Battle of Blackrock', Ms Feeney said today that she would be contesting the Fianna Fáil selection convention, expected to take place before the end of next month.
Speaking to the Herald, Ms Feeney said: "Competition within party is good, it makes us all work harder, so I am not worried about the previous election.
"The next general election will not be an easy one for Fianna Fail, but with the right candidate I believe the party can regain a seat in Dun Laoghaire," she said.
"I feel I have the capability to be that candidate because of the energy and vibrancy I will bring to the campaign."
Amid a 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 and will now be 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.
Ms Hanafin last night said that Ms Feeney's entrance into the race would not deter her in her bid.
"The best person should go forward. But there should be evidence to find out who that is and so a poll should be done to see who would have the best chance of taking a seat," she said.