Saturday 10 December 2016

Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis claims second seat in Dublin North West

Published 28/02/2016 | 00:20

Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis celebrates with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis celebrates with supporters at the count in the RDS yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke

Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis has become the second candidate to be elected to the Dublin North West Constituency on the seventh count.

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Ellis had been widely expected to take the second seat in the constituency behind poll topper Social Democrat Roisin 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
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

His election to the Dail finally came at midnight. The count in the RDS has now been adjourned with one final seat yet to be decided.

Sinn Fein has been building up its support in the constituency for more than a decade, and Ellis has built up a solid base there.

Issues such as a lack of social and affordable housing and high unemployment rates in certain parts of the constituency have been key issues on the doorsteps.

The three seater brings in areas such as Ballymun, Finglas, Glasnevin, Santry, Whitehall and Drumcondra. Such is the strength of the party there, it was hoping for two seats in this election, but his running mate Cathleen Carney Boud was eliminated in the sixth round.

The last seat will be the subject of a dogfight between Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe and Fine Gael's Noel Rock.

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