How Patrick Nulty's bright future with Labour turned to exile and now shame
Patrick Nulty became the first candidate from a government party to win a by-election in almost 30 years. He will now become the first TD in history to both win a by-election and be replaced in a by-election during the course of the same Dail term.
The 31-year-old was elected as the Labour Party candidate in the November 2011 by-election in Dublin West to replace the late Brian Lenihan, who died in June of that year.
Mr Nulty had been building his profile as a councillor on Fingal County Council from June 2009 and as the running mate of Labour deputy leader Joan Burton in the 2011 General Election.