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Ex-Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews set to top poll for Sinn Féin

Andrews is from a strong Fianna Fáil family but will join Dublin City Council for his new party.

SINN FÉIN’S CHRIS Andrews, the former Fianna Fáil TD, looks set to be the poll topper in the Pembroke South Dock area of Dublin.

Andrews was elected as a TD in 2007 but lost his seat in the last general election. He is the grandson of one of the Fianna Fáil founders, Todd Andrews, and the cousin of Barry Andrews who was a junior minister in the last Fianna Fáil government.

Chris Andrews moved to Sinn Féin last September and was selected to contest for a seat on Dublin City Council in January.

Tallies from the count show Andrews with about 15 per cent of the fist preference vote, beating Fianna Fáil’s Frank Kennedy into second place on about 10 per cent with Labour’s Dermot Lacey and Mannix Flynn running not far behind.

Andrews was also the subject of controversy in 2012 after it emerged he was behind a now deleted Twitter account – @brianformerff – which was critical of Fianna Fáil policy and the current leadership.

The Pembroke South Dock constituency is a new area but in the two constituencies in the area, Pembroke Rathmines and South Inner City, Sinn Féin did not win any seats in the 2009 locals.

Read: Confirmed: Ex-Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews joins Sinn Féin >

Read: Ex-Fianna Fáil TD gets Sinn Féin local election nomination >

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