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FF snubs David McGuinness for younger rival Jack Chambers


Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers

A PROMINENT Fianna Fail 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 Dail 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 shadowed 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, wrote to Fianna Fail general secretary Sean Dorgan claiming the party was breaking its own rule by allowing the members to move.

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.

It now remains to be seen whether another candidate will be added to the ticket.

But Mr McGuinness is sure to be highly disappointed at the result of the convention, which was attended by 300 delegates and chaired by Fianna Fail senator Darragh O'Brien.