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Fianna Fail deputy leader Mary Hanafin has vowed to continue in politics despite losing her seat

Fianna Fail deputy leader Mary Hanafin has vowed to continue in politics despite losing her seat

Fianna Fail deputy leader Mary Hanafin has vowed to continue in politics despite losing her seat

Outgoing Fianna Fail Cabinet Minister Mary Hanafin has vowed to fight another day after losing her seat in the Irish general election.

It is the second high-profile casualty for the ousted ruling party after Tanaiste Mary Coughlan was punished by voters in Donegal South-West as they opted to support an independent candidate.

The deputy party leader and ex-tourism minister told the Press Association there was a lot of anger and upset among voters in her south Dublin constituency of Dun Laoghaire.

"It's very much a hit against Fianna Fail, a hit against the Government," she said. "When the tide is that strong against you, I couldn't swim against it."

Ms Hanafin lost in the 11th count to People Before Profit candidate Richard Boyd-Barrett.

Ms Hanafin, who has served in a variety of ministries including education, enterprise and social and family affairs, said voters were telling her it was not personal.

She claimed the party could rebuild, adding leader Micheal Martin has the required energy and commitment.

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But she added: "I particularly worry about Dublin, with only one TD, and the fact that we've no women at all. The two big challenges I see."

And the former minister signalled she would not be bowing out of politics when asked if she would stand again.

"Politics is in my blood and public service is in my bones, so I certainly see myself continuing in some role," she said.


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