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Cllr Carrie Smyth ​to run for Labour in Dun Laoghaire ​in general election

Published 16/07/2015 | 21:45

Cllr Carrie Smyth, Labours new election candidate for Dunlaoghaire, at the Labour candidate selection vote in the Graduate pub in Sallynoggin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Cllr Carrie Smyth, Labours new election candidate for Dunlaoghaire, at the Labour candidate selection vote in the Graduate pub in Sallynoggin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Labour ​C​ouncillor Carrie Smyth ​has been selected ​to run for the party in the Dun Laoghaire constituency ​in the upcoming general election.​

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 She fended off a challenge by Senator Aideen Hayden, fellow councillor Deirdre Kingston, and party activist, David Traynor.

 ​At the party selection convention, ​Cllr Smyth secured 39 votes, having already been​ widely tipped to win the nomination.

 Senator Hayden won 31 votes, Ms Kingston garnered 21 votes, while Mr Traynor tallied with​ 20 votes.

Cllr Carrie Smyth, Labours new election candidate for Dunlaoghaire, with Tainaiste Joan Burton and Eamon Gilmore TD at the Labour candidate selection vote in the Graduate pub in Sallynoggin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Cllr Carrie Smyth, Labours new election candidate for Dunlaoghaire, with Tainaiste Joan Burton and Eamon Gilmore TD at the Labour candidate selection vote in the Graduate pub in Sallynoggin. Picture:Arthur Carron

 ​The decision by former Labour Party leader, Eamon Gilmore, to step down from frontline politics means a new era for the party has begun in a constituency described as ''a political bear pit."

 The ex-Tanaiste, who attended tonight's convention, was first elected to the Dail in the 1989 general election as a Workers' Party TD for the constituency.

 Labour leader, Joan Burton, and deputy leader, Alan Kelly, were also in attendance.

 An intense political battle is now looming in what will be one of the most fiercely fought Dublin​  constituencies.​ ​

 Despite ​ongoing speculation​ he may ​not run again, the automatic re-election of Fine Gael's Sean Barrett, should he decide to keep his hat in the ring, ​effectively reduces  the constituency ​to a three-seater.

 Last month, Fine Gael TD, Mary Mitchell O'Connor​, was selected to represent the party at its selection convention and a recent poll suggested she is likely to retain her seat.​

 People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett, is ​also expected to ​be returned to the next Dail.​

 A recent poll suggested Deputy Gilmore would be re-elected if he had decided to run.​

 But l​ast month, Mr Gilmore announced the time had come for him to hang up his political spurs, after 30 years in public life.

 Recent polling suggest Fianna Fail will have a tough battle to win a seat in the constituency.

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