- 15 Aug 18
A one-time contender for the Fianna Fáil leadership, Mary Hanafin still has plenty to say about the state of national politics. In a hugely revealing interview, she discusses the alcoholism of her late father, pro-life campaigner Des Hanafin, her husband’s tragically early passing, voting No in the Repeal referendum, and why she thinks the Irish media is anti-Trump. Oh – and that time she discussed hiring a hitman with Bono!
A few days after being grilled by Hot Press, Mary Hanafin mentioned to Fianna Fáil’s General Secretary, Seán Dorgan, that she’d done an interview with this magazine. “He looked at me and he said, ‘I hope you used a few expletives’. And I said, ‘Only about you and Micheál Martin,’” she says, laughing.
The powers-that-be within the party will be relieved to find out, reading this interview, that Mary was only winding him up. There’s no mud flung here at her party leader.
But the former deputy leader of Fianna Fáil certainly isn’t afraid to stray from the party line on a plethora of issues, during the course of this lengthy exchange with Hot Press.