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Alan Shatter pips local councillor by nine votes to win Fine Gael nomination in south Dublin

The former justice minister faced a battle to ensure he could run in the next general election.

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Updated at 10:20pm

ALAN SHATTER HAS been selected as the Fine Gael candidate in the Dublin-Rathdown constituency.

The former justice minister defeated local councillor Neale Richmond and party activist John Kennedy at a selection convention held tonight.

First-time councillor Josepha Madigan, the only female in the race, has also been selected to run in the constituency, after Fine Gael headquarters instructed party members to pick one male and one female candidate.

josepha Josepha Madigan Source: Facebook

The directive had put pressure on Shatter, who was seen to be facing tough competition from Richmond to be the male nominee.

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell’s decision to retire from politics meant many of her supporters were thought to be backing Richmond, who worked for Mitchell and ran her election campaign in 2011.

neale r Neale Richmond Source: Twitter

As we reported in August, Shatter faced a further battle for members’ backing with many of his supporters having been moved into a neighbouring constituency.

The boundary redraw reduced the number of Fine Gael members in Dublin-Rathdown (formerly Dublin South) from over 400 to around 230 with some of Shatter’s supporters now moved into Dublin South-West.

His popularity locally has also waned in the wake of the various garda and justice controversies that forced him to resign from cabinet last year and the closure of a local garda station.

Additional reporting by Catherine Healy

Read: Trouble for Shatter as Olivia Mitchell to declare she WON’T run again

Read: Alan Shatter’s fight for redemption in south Dublin

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