David McGuinness to contest by-election for FF

Wednesday 14 September 2011 10.31
Brian Lenihan attending the Dublin West count in February of this year
Brian Lenihan attending the Dublin West count in February of this year

David McGuinness has been selected by Fianna Fáil as its candidate to contest the by-election in Dublin West.

The by-election follows the death of former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

Cllr McGuinness sits on Fingal County Council. He was elected in 2009 to represent the Mulhuddart area.

The 26-year-old ran in the General Election as Mr Lenihan's running mate, he won 623 first preference votes and was eliminated after the second count.

He is Fianna Fáil's youngest councillor.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he teaches at Lucan Community College.