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Deirdre Heney has been selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Bay North

The vote was between Heney and Séan Haughey, the son of Charles Haughey.

DEIRDRE HENEY HAS been selected as the Fianna Fáil candidate to contest the general election in Dublin Bay North.

Councillors Deirdre Heney and Tom Brabazon, Seán Haughey and former local election candidate Aileen Woods originally put their names forward.

However two of the delegates, Tom Brabazon and Aileen Woods withdrew from the selection before the vote took place tonight.

From early on the convention was seen as a straight battle between Heney, who has been a councillor since 1999, and Haughey, a former junior minister and current Dublin city councillor.

Haughey, who previously lost his seat in the 2011 election after serving in Dáil Eireann for nearly 20 years, was tipped to take the nomination.

However, the vote of four hundred Fianna Fáil members from the newly-created constituency selected Heney.

Speaking at the convention Deirdre said, “I am truly honoured and humbled to be chosen by Fianna Fáil members to contest the election in Dublin Bay North.

People are looking for leadership and a new way forward. I will be a strong voice for people in Dublin Bay North and I look forward to visiting every home in the constituency over the coming months.

“I want to pay tribute to Cllr Tom Brabazon, Cllr Seán Haughey and Aileen Woods who were also nominated for this convention. All of them are extremely hard-working representatives in this constituency and I look forward to working closely with them throughout the election campaign.”

Averil Power had been among the potential candidates for the nomination before her shock departure last month.

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