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going to the polls ... again

Constituents in Dublin West are voting for the third time in as many years.

l The seat was held by Brian Lenihan Snr from 1982-1996

l Mr Lenihan’s death prompted a by-election - with the seat being filled by his son Brian Jnr after he narrowly edged out Joe Higgins

l The former Finance minister held onto his seat during the Fianna Fail wipeout in 2011. He was the only Fianna Fail TD elected in Dublin

l On June 10, 2011, the world of politics was left shocked at the news of Mr Lenihan’s death. He passed away after an 18-month cancer battle

l Following a highly competitive by-election, Labour candidate Patrick Nulty filled the seat, securing 24.3pc of the first preference vote

l The vote represented an extraordinary victory for Mr Nulty, who beat off stiff competition from Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness and Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party

l Mr Nulty resigned from the Labour parliamentary just six weeks later in protest over VAT increases

l However, Dublin West voters were left shell-shocked after he quit his Dail seat earlier this year after it emerged he sent inappropriate text messages to a 17-year-old schoolgirl.