Shock defeat for prominent FF councillor at convention
A prominent Fianna Fáil councillor has suffered a shock defeat in the party's Dublin West selection convention ahead of the general election.
Blanchardstown-based David McGuinness, who twice ran for the Dáil previously, was defeated by his council colleague Jack Chambers.
Mr Chambers was selected to represent the party at a packed selection convention in Tyrellstown last night.
The convention was shrouded by a row involving the two councillors over the alleged transferring of delegates from the neighbouring constituency of Dublin Fingal.
Mr Chambers, who is based in Castleknock, claimed the names and votes of nine delegates were moved to Dublin West following a request by his convention rival.
Mr Chambers, who is in his final year of his medical degree, claimed the move was a breach of Fianna Fáil's rules and left the party open to accusations of "gerrymandering".
Mr McGuinness claimed that the matter was one for party officials to adjudicate over.
Despite the claims by Mr Chambers, the young councillor won the selection convention.
John Drennan's Guide to Politics - Spring 2015
The next election will change your life. In a special supplement with the Sunday Independent, John Drennan presents his guide to Irish politics.
Guide To Politics
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- The key issues - Remember tax reform is not illegal, Enda
- It's like a talent show - you have to make the audience want you
- Could our interrupted revolution lie in the humanising of our politicians?
- 'It's awful losing your seat, it's a very public humiliation...'
- Too early to rule out FG/SF Coalition
- Shadowy back room boys and girls with the ear of ministers
- Enda and Joan's shaky house of cabinet cards
- Despite Enda's stated preference Easter 2016 not yet definite
- As they hatch their plans, what might be the hopes and ambitions of our party schemers?
- Battle of the leaders to be key deciding factor in election race
- Spectral scenarios or sweet dreams
- When the fuss is over who will be the winner?
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