Election 2020: Alan Farrell (Fine Gael)

Dublin Fingal – Elected 11th count

Alan Farrell (43) from Malahide in north Co Dublin has been re-elected as Fine Gael TD for Fingal for the third time.

Farrell owned and operated his own estate agency for over a decade before entering public life.

He was first elected to Fingal County Council in 2004 and served as Mayor of Fingal for a period.

In the Oireachtas he served on the Public Accounts Committee and as chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children & Youth Affairs. .

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He was embroiled in controversy in his first term after he recruited his wife as a parliamentary assistant.

There was also controversy over a claim for up to €15,000 damages following a collision in 2015.

Farrell was awarded €2,500 for his injuries but judge Michael Coghlan said there was “little or no notation to back up a claim of significant whiplash” and he considered it “a very minor injury”.

Farrell had said the collision had left him with neck and shoulder pain which affected his professional and personal life for up to 18 months.

Martin Wall

Martin Wall

Martin Wall is Washington Correspondent of The Irish Times. He was previously industry correspondent