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.