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Former Fianna Fail TD Charlie O'Connor defeated at selection convention

Fine Gael selected Anne Marie Dermody and Colm Brophy to run in Dublin South West

Niall O'Connor & Philip Ryan

Published 28/05/2015 | 22:18

Former Fianna Fáil TD Charlie O'Connor has been defeated at the party's selection convention in Dublin South West.

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Mr O'Connor lost out to councillor John Lahart, by 32 votes to 22.

Fianna Fáil activist and failed local election candidate Emma Murphy finished third with eight votes.

Mr Lahart was the Fianna Fáil candidate in the recent Dublin South West by-election, which was won by Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.

He finished in a disappointing sixth position following a contest dominated by water charges.

Fianna Fáil must now decide whether to add a candidate to the ticket in the five seat constituency.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael selected Anne Marie Dermody and Colm Brophy to run for the party in Dublin South West for the General Election.

The Fine Gael councillors will contest the four seat constituency when the country next goes to the polls.

Fine Gael Senator Cait Keane also went before the selection convention  tonight but was unsuccessful.

Ms Keane contested the recent Dublin South West by-election but lost out to Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy.

The by-election was held after Brian Hayes was elected to the European Parliament last year.

 Mr Hayes, who is also chairman of Fine Gael's election committee, addressed members at the selection convention.

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