Sunday 24 September 2017

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

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
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

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.

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 Independent.ie.

"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.

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