FF decide against fielding Hanafin in local elections

Fianna Fáil have said they are only fielding one candidate in the local elections in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, despite Mary Hanafin submitting her nomination papers.

It was reported that the former Arts and Education minister submitted nomination papers this morning to run in the six-seater Blackrock area.

The party has backed down from running Ms Hanafin after reportedly inviting her to the party headquarters to consider running earlier this week.

She was issued with nomination papers signed by officials at party headquarters allowing her to declare herself as a Fianna Fáil candidate on a two-candidate ticket alongside Kate Feeney.

The party has now decided to stick with Ms Feeney only in the six-seater.

However, Ms Hanafin nonetheless arranged to submit her nomination papers this morning despite the wishes of the party leadership for her not to appear on the ticket.

Fianna Fáil issued a statement saying they decided last night that they would only run one candidate in the area.

They said: "Mary Hanafin was informed of that decision on Friday evening in the clearest possible terms and has been made aware that there will be only one Fianna Fáil candidate in the Blackrock LEA, Ógra President Kate Feeney."

Ms Hanafin has several days to withdraw her nomination.

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