The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ms Mary Hanafin has stated that she feels "privileged and honoured" to be considered by some of her colleagues to be leadership material.
She made her comment after she had thrown her hat into the leadership ring in Fianna Fail following Taoiseach, Mr. Brian Cowan's announcement on Saturday that he was stepping down as leader of the party.
Ms Hanafin now joins her colleagues Mr. Micheal Martin, Mr. Brian Lenihan and Mr. Eamon O'Cuiv in the race to become the 8th leader of the Fianna Fail party since its foundation in 1926. The result of the ballot will be known today, Wednesday, when, if successful, she will become the first ever lady to head up the party.
She stated this week that this was an election worth contesting and she was glad that people felt her contribution at Government and party level equipped her to be leader.
Ms Hanafin has been proposed by her Dun Laoghaire colleague, Mr. Pat Carey, T.D. and seconded by North Tipperary T.D., Ms Maire Hoctor, T.D.
Ms Hoctor stated on Tuesday that she had given her full backing to Ms Hanafin as the Thurles native launched her bid to lead the Fianna Fil party.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.