Fine Gael has selected Councillor Eithne Loftus to represent the party in the forthcoming by-election in Dublin West.

Councillor Loftus was selected by members of the party at a convention held in the Castleknock Hotel.

She was co-opted onto Fingal County Council in 2007, filling the seat formerly held by Minister Leo Varadkar.

She stood for election to the Council in 2009 and was elected with over 3,000 first preference votes.

Originally from Co Mayo, Councillor Loftus has lived most of her life in Castleknock, where she raised her family.

She is a long-standing Fine Gael activist and has served as Chairperson of Fine Gael in Dublin West.