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Monday 5 December 2016

Sean Haughey still 'ready to serve' on FF ticket as his mum turns 90

Sean Haughey and his mother Maureen on her 90th birthday
Sean Haughey and his mother Maureen on her 90th birthday
Charles Haughey

SEAN Haughey is "ready and willing to serve" should Fianna Fail bosses add him to the party's election ticket in the hotly contested Dublin Bay North constituency.

The Dublin City councillor and former minister was speaking as his mum Maureen, wife of the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey (right), celebrated her 90th birthday.

Mr Haughey narrowly lost the party's selection convention to fellow councillor Deirdre Heney in June.

Last month the Herald reported that Fianna Fail chiefs will make a final decision on the ticket after a review of internal polling in the area.

"I've told Fianna Fail headquarters that I'm ready and willing to serve, so I expect to hear back from them quite shortly and I should know one way or the other by the end of the week," Mr Haughey said last night.

"I lost out by just two votes at the convention, but I think a lot of the local organisations and, indeed, the wider community in Dublin Bay North would like me to run," he added.

Meanwhile, family and friends gathered yesterday to celebrate his mother Maureen's birthday.

"She's in great form and good health. She's a great age and she's sharper than ever," Mr Haughey said.

Maureen, the daughter of 1916 Rising participant and Taoiseach Sean Lemass, turns 90 on Thursday.

"It was a lunch in her home in Kinsealy and we had a little bit of music too. She loves a rebel song so that was what was played," said Mr Haughey.

"It was mostly her family from the Lemass and Haughey side and then a lot of her old friends as well.

"We took a little bit of time to watch the Dublin-Mayo match. It was a bit disappointing, but hopefully the Dubs will do better next time out."

It's almost 10 years since Maureen's husband, the controversial former Taoiseach, passed away at the age of 80.

The pair married in 1951 and had four children - Eimear, Conor, Ciaran and Sean.

She made rare public remarks earlier this year at the launch of Fianna Fail's programme of events to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

Comrades

Ms Haughey said her father rarely spoke about his involvement in Ireland's fight for independence, explaining that it might have been too difficult for him to talk about because his brother Noel was killed in the Civil War.

"He never talked about it, only maybe when some of his old comrades came in and we would listen in," she said.

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