Constituency Profile: Dublin Rathdown

Quick facts:

  • Newly named 3-seater (-2)
  • Formerly Dublin South
  • Sitting TDs: Alan Shatter (FG), Olivia Mitchell (FG), Alex White (LAB), Shane Ross (IND), Peter Mathews (IND)
  • Ministerial representation: Alex White, Labour
  • Home of Independent Alliance ‘leader’ Shane Ross
  • Population: 87,470
  • 2011 poll topper: Shane Ross, Independent
  • Most likely loser: Alex White, Labour
  • One to watch: Alex White, Labour

The demise of Dublin South, the bastion of middle-class Dublin, has caused a great deal of angst among the five sitting TDs.

Already Olivia Mitchell has decided not to fight for one of the three seats on offer, as the loss of some 37,000, primarily middle class, voters makes the task too difficult.

Shane Ross will top the poll again with at least one Fine Gael seat still safe. With a better candidate Fianna Fáil might have had a chance.

There is no Sinn Féin or hard left seat here, so it will come down to a battle for the last seat between Alex White, Peter Mathews and the second Fine Gael candidate.

Dublin South was always a great barometer of who would form the Government, and while that will still apply in its abbreviated form, only time will tell. However Fine Gael could well sneak the last seat on the back of Mathew’s transfers.

Possible result:

  • 2 FG (-1)
  • 1 IND
  • 0 LAB (-1)

Ivan's take: Yates is calling the result as one Independent, one Fine Gael and one for The Green Party.

  • Alan Daveron - REN More Info:

    Daveron is a solicitor based in Goatstown.

  • Josepha Madigan - FG More Info:

    Josepha Madigan is a member of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the Stillorgan Ward, having won 1,350 first preference votes in the 2014 local elections. She is also a practicing solicitor.

  • Catherine Martin - GP More Info:

    Catherine Martin is the deputy leader of the Green Party. She is a Councillor on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, while her husband is Councillor Francis Duffy, a councillor on South Dublin County Council. A teacher of English and Music, she joined the Greens in 2007, and the mother of three was elected deputy leader of the Green Party in 2011. 

  • Peter Matthews - IND More Info:

    Peter Mathews (born 1951) was elected for Fine Gael in 2011. However he was expelled from the party in 2013 after refusing to vote for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy legislation and now sits as an Independent. He was a member of the Progressive Democrats for a short time at their foundation. A qualified chartered accountant, he is a commentator on all things banking. 

  • Sorcha Nic Cormaic - SF More Info:

    Sorcha NicCormaic is a Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor since 2014, having failed to win a seat in 2004 or 2009. She contested the 2011 general election, securing just 2.6% of the first preference vote, and the 2007 general election, securing 1.6% of the vote. She is a special needs teacher. 

  • Shane Ross - IND More Info:

    Shane Ross was elected to the Dáil in 2011. Prior to that he was the longest serving member of the Seanad (University of Dublin constituency) where he had a seat since 1981. A former Business Editor of the Sunday Independent. He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee of the 31st Dáil. His father John was also a Senator in the 1960s. He was a Fine Gael Councillor in Wicklow from 1991 to 1999 and stood for the party in the 1992 general election, but didn’t win a seat. A business commentator, he praised Charlie McCreevy as a brilliant minister in the boom years.

  • Alan Shatter - FG More Info:

    Alan Shatter was first elected to the Dáil in 1981 but lost his seat in 2002. He was relected in 2007, and after the 2011 general election he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence. He resigned from the Cabinet in 2014 after the receipt of the Guerin report into allegations from the Garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe. 

  • Alex White - LAB More Info:

    Alex White was elected to the Dáil in 2011 on his third attempt. After failing to secure a seat in 2007, he secured a Seanad seat. And he finished second to George Lee in the 2009 by-election. A practising barrister, he ran for the leadership of the Labour party in 2014, but was defeated by Joan Burton, getting less than a quarter of the votes. Having served as a junior minister from 2012, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in 2014. 

  • Mary White - FF More Info:

    Mary White has been a Senator for Fianna Fáil since 2002. Born in Dundalk, she is married to Padraic White, who headed up the IDA for 10 years. She was the co-founder of Lir chocolates. In 2008 she announced she would run for President of Ireland and would seek the Fianna Fáil nomination. However in 2011 she announced she would not seek a nomination. 

Dublin Rathdown - First Preference Vote Share, General Election 2011