Dublin North-West: Noel Rock takes first Fine Gael seat in constituency in 20 years
Noel Rock has delivered a major victory for Fine Gael in Dublin North West, after becoming the first party candidate to take a seat there in over 20 years.
He beat Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe to take the last seat in the three-seater constituency, after Labour's John Lyons was eliminated earlier today.
Rock was elected on the ninth count today at the RDS.
"I think we ran a remarkable locally focused campaign," he told Independent.ie.
"I am only 28. I will be the youngest Fine Gael TD going into this parliament. I think we had a young devoted team around me, we are full of energy and enthusiasm, that played a vital role for me," he said.
Social Democrats candidate Roisin Shortall topped the poll yesterday, and Sinn Fein's Dessie Ellis came in second place.
Rock was elected as a councillor for the first time in 2014. In 2006, he worked in the US Senate for the then Senator Hillary Clinton. He was first elected in 2014 as a city councillor.
Mr McAuliffe is the current leader of Fianna Fail on Dublin City Council.