Hanafin in election blow as Devlin is selected
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