Ex-minister Mansergh loses to dairy chief Jackie Cahill in FF election race
Former Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association president Jackie Cahill has been selected to run for Fianna Fáil in the new Tipperary constituency, defeating former Minister of State Martin Mansergh.
Mr Cahill, a first-term county councillor, defeated four candidates at last night's selection convention in Thurles.
Surprisingly, Dr Mansergh polled the fewest first-preferences (37) among the 852 votes cast. Jackie Cahill, from Thurles, was 40 behind Michael Smith Jnr in the first count. However, he made up ground and was elected on the fourth, with 454 votes to Mr Smith's 381.
A second candidate is likely to be added to the Tipperary ticket by party HQ.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív was one of three people chosen at the selection convention for Galway West.
He was joined on the ticket by former city councillor John Connolly and Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Mary Hoade.
But in Dublin South West, former Fianna Fáil TD Charlie O'Connor lost to Cllr John Lahart by 32 votes to 22.
Fine Gael selected Anne Marie Dermody and Colm Brophy to run in Dublin South West.