Shane Ross (Outgoing)
Topping the poll in the 2011 election general with almost a quarter of the first preference votes cast in Dublin South, Independent TD Shane Ross (66) looks like a safe bet to retain his seat in the newly created Dublin Rathdown constituency. Prior to taking his seat In the Dáil, the 66-year-old was the longest serving member of the Seanad where he had a sat since 1981. A former Business Editor of the Sunday Independent, he sat as a member of the Public Accounts Committee of the 31st Dáil. He is a founder member of the Independent Alliance; an alliance made up of like-minded independent TDs, senators, and election candidates. Deputy Ross lists his priorities while in office as reforming the Dáil, the banking sector, and corporation tax. In the past he has spoken out against water fluoridation.