Mary Hanafin rules out European Parliament bid
Former Minister believed to have been interested in Dublin Fianna Fáil nomination
Former Minister for Education Mary Hanafin has said she would like to stay in Ireland where her experience can be best used to help people facing challenges. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times
She was understood to be interested in looking the party’s nomination for the Dublin constituency, but had not made any public comment on the matter.
However, Ms Hanafin, who was a TD for Dun Laoghaire, today said she is “not persuaded that Europe is where I want to be”.
“There are many challenges facing people in this country and I want to be where I can best use my experience to address them.”
She said she remains involved in the Dun Laoghaire constituency.