Hanafin in elec­tion blow as Devlin is se­lected

Irish Independent - - Jus­tice In Cri­sis News - Kevin Doyle

FOR­MER min­is­ter Mary Hanafin has lost out in a vote to rep­re­sent Fianna Fáil in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Cor­mac Devlin was se­lected by del­e­gates in Dún Laoghaire as their can­di­date last night.

The re­sult means that if Ms Hanafin is to re­turn to the Dáil she will have to be added to the party ticket by Fianna Fáil head­quar­ters, as hap­pened last year.

Al­most 200 party mem­bers at­tended the con­ven­tion which was also con­tested by Coun­cil­lor Kate Feeney in the Royal Marine Ho­tel.

The Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent un­der­stands Ms Hanafin fin­ished last of the three can­di­dates be­fore the con­ven­tion. Mr Devlin re­ceived 74 votes, com­pared with 64 for Ms Feeney and 45 for Ms Hanafin.

Prior to los­ing her Dáil seat in 2011, Ms Hanafin held a va­ri­ety of se­nior roles in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment chief whip, education min­is­ter and so­cial and fam­ily af­fairs min­is­ter. She also had a brief pe­riod as deputy leader of Fianna Fáil un­der Brian Cowen.

Dún Laoghaire is one of a num­ber of con­stituen­cies in Dublin that Fianna Fáil has tar­geted for a seat gain at the next elec­tion.

The party cur­rently has no TDs from the area com­pared with three for Fine Gael.

Ac­cept­ing the nom­i­na­tion, Cllr Devlin hit out at the Fine Gael-led Gov­ern­ment.

Set­back: Mary Hanafin

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