Labour man favourite to take the late Brian Lenihan’s seat in Dublin West
LABOUR candidate Patrick Nulty was on track to take the late Brian Lenihan's seat in the Dublin West by-election today.
With a turnout of 49pc he had 24.3pc of the vote tallies. The first count is expected later this afternoon.
Mr Nulty came close to winning a seat in the general election earlier this year, coming fifth in the four-seat constituency.
His party colleague Joan Burton topped the poll in the February election.
Fianna Fail Councillor David McGuinness (26) secured 21.7pc of the tallies in a move Fianne Fail was claiming as a success. The party has no TD left in Dublin.
Ruth Coppinger, the candidate for Joe Higgins's Socialist Party was coming in with 21pc of the tallies and Fine Gael’s Eithne Loftus was in fourth place with 14.8pc – a major blow for the party in the capital.
The constituency's remaining TDs are Social Protection minister Joan Burton, Fine Gael's Transport minister Leo Varadkar, and Joe Higgins.