Lenihan’s sister loses election bid
The sister of the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has been beaten in the race to represent Fianna Fail at the forthcoming Dublin West by-election.
Teacher and Councillor David McGuinness has been selected as the by-election candidate ahead of Anita Lenihan and Edward McManus.
Cllr McGuinness ran for the party in the 2011 by-election and surprised many by finishing second to Patrick Nulty, who resigned in controversial circumstances as a TD last month.
“I'm overjoyed. I look forward to having the chance to represent this constituency in the Dail,” said the Lucan teacher last night.
Anita Lenihan had also been a contender to get the nod in the constituency where brother Brian held the seat from 2006 until his death in 2011.
Ms Lenihan, a qualified barrister, has been active in the Fianna Fail organisation in Dublin West and had been approached to run in 2011 after her brother's death. Her family have had long time political links with the constituency.
Afterwards she said she was disappointed not to get the nomination on this occasion, but stressed the importance of the party getting behind Cllr McGuinness in order to go on and win the seat.
Socialist candidate Ruth Coppinger is currently seen as the favourite to win the seat.
Fine Gael's candidate is the former world champion runner and senator Eamonn Coghlan, while Paul Donnelly is standing for Sinn Fein.
Mortgage campaigner David Hall has also confirmed his intention to run as an independent candidate in Dublin West.
The by-election is set to be held on May 23, the same day as the local and European elections.