Saturday 22 October 2016

Dublin North-West: Noel Rock takes first Fine Gael seat in constituency in 20 years

Published 27/02/2016 | 17:40

Noel Rock (FG)
Noel Rock (FG)
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis celebrates with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats at the count in the RDS
Joint leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis and Cathleen Carney-Boud from Dublin North-West celebrate with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture:Tom Burke

Noel Rock has delivered a major victory for Fine Gael in Dublin North West, after becoming the first party candidate to take a seat there in over 20 years.

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He beat Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe to take the last seat in the three-seater constituency, after Labour's John Lyons was eliminated earlier today.

Rock was elected on the ninth count today at the RDS.

"I think we ran a remarkable locally focused campaign," he told

"I am only 28. I will be the youngest Fine Gael TD going into this parliament. I think we had a young devoted team around me, we are full of energy and enthusiasm, that played a vital role for me," he said.

Social Democrats candidate Roisin Shortall topped the poll yesterday, and Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis came in second place.

Rock was elected as a councillor for the first time in 2014. In 2006, he worked in the US Senate for the then Senator Hillary Clinton. He was first elected in 2014 as a city councillor.

Mr McAuliffe is the current leader of Fianna Fail on Dublin City Council.

Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
60,406 3 37,472 62.03% 37,009 463 9,253

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