Constituency Profile: Dublin North-West

Quick facts:

  • 3-seater
  • Sitting TDs: John Lyons (LAB), Dessie Ellis (SF), Roisin Shortall (SD)
  • Ministerial representation: None
  • Population: 90,534
  • 2011 poll topper: Roisin Shortall (then Labour), Social Democrats
  • Most likely loser: John Lyons, Labour Party
  • One to watch: Noel Rock, Fine Gael

In arguably the most deprived constituency in Dublin, there is little doubt where the majority of the votes will go. Sinn Féin and Roisin Shortall, co-founder of the new Social Democrats party, will be the first two home, leaving the last seat up for grabs.

This was the only constituency in 2011 that didn’t elect a Fine Gael TD, and that’s not going to change this time. Fianna Fáil is in with a shout, although John Lyons could still rescue one Labour seat.

Indeed it may be that support from hard left voters could choose Lyons as a better option than Fianna Fáil when they give their preferences.

Possible result:

  • 1 SF
  • 1 SD (+1)
  • 1 LAB (-1)

Ivan's take: Yates is calling the result as one for Sinn Féin, one for the Social Democrats and one for Fine Gael.

  • Cathleen Carney Boud - SF More Info:

    Cathleen Carney Boud was elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. In contesting the general election she wants to focus on the lack of facilities for young people, equality in education and dealing with the homeless crisis. 

  • Caroline Conroy - GP More Info:

    Caroline Conroy is based in Glasnevin and is contesting her first general election, having failed to win a seat in local elections in 2014. A graduate of Business Studies from DCU, she has campaigned on local issues, including to stop the building of a filling station beside a primary school in her area.

  • Jimmy Dignam - IND More Info:

    Jimmy Dignam is the Workers Party representative for Dublin North West. He has been active in socialist politics in Dublin for many years, most recently campaigning against the household and water taxes. He is standing for election to offer a socialist alternative to austerity and to fight for quality housing, employment, and access to public services.

  • Dessie Ellis - SF More Info:

    Dessie Ellis (born 1953) was elected to the Dáil in 2011, having unsuccessfully contested the 2002 and 2007 elections. He was a Dublin City Councillor from 1999 to 2011. He’s the Sinn Fein spokesperson on Transport and Housing. A qualified technician, he formerly ran a television repair business, has been a trade union shop steward, has played football and taught karate to young people. 

  • Bernie Hughes - IND More Info:

    Bernie Hughes is a Community Development Worker and she is an anti-austerity campaigner.

  • Andrew Keegan - AAA-PBP More Info:

    Andrew Keegan was elected to Dublin City Council in 2014 for the People Before Profit Alliance. 

  • John Lyons - LAB More Info:

    John Lyons (born 1977) took a seat for Labour in this three seat constituency at his first attempt in election 2011. He had been co-opted onto Dublin City Council in 2008, and retained the council seat in 2009. A former teacher, he was one of the first openly gay TDs in Dáil Eireann. 

  • Paul McAuliffe - FF More Info:

    Paul McAuliffe was elected to Dublin City Council in 2009 and is the current leader of the Fianna Fáil group on the authority. He is a former member of the Progressive Democrats. 

  • Cormac McKay - IND More Info:

    Cormac McKay is contesting Dublin Central AND Dublin North West in #ge16. He contested the local elections in 2014, getting less than 1% of the vote in the Ballymun ward for Dublin City Council.

  • Noel Rock - FG More Info:

    Noel Rock was elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. He had failed to win a seat in the 2009 elections. He has worked for Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan and Senator Catherine Noone. He also cites having worked (as an intern) for Hilary Clinton when she was a Senator in 2006. 

  • Roisin Shortall - SD More Info:

    Roisin Shortall has been a TD since 1992, and has earned the title ‘Mother of the House’, being the longest continually serving current female TD. She resigned from the Labour party in 2012 and sat as an Independent TD, before establishing the Social Democrats in 2015 and becoming one of its three joint leaders. She was a junior minister in health, with responsibility for primary care until September 2012. 

Dublin North-West - First Preference Vote Share, General Election 2011