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Dual candidates will have to make do with Plan B

FIANNA Fail’s David McGuinness and Paul Donnelly of Sinn Fein will have to make do with Plan B.

They will each take their place on Fingal County Council after narrowly failing to win a Dail seat in the Dublin west by-election. Ruth Coppinger of the Anti-Austerity Alliance, who also won a seat on the local authority, will now choose a councillor who will be co-opted to replace Coppinger in Mulhuddart.

The Green Party’s Roderic O’Gorman contested both elections as well, managing to secure a council seat in Castleknock/Blanchardstown. John Kidd and Sean Lyons, both Independents, failed to get elected to either Fingal or the Dail. In a blow to Health Minister James Reilly, his right-hand man Tom O’Leary (FG) didn’t get elected in Balbriggan.