McFadden is rated as Longford-Westmeath’s sexiest TD

A new website has put Longford Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden as being among the Dail’s most desirable politicians.

A new website has put Longford Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden as being among the Dail’s most desirable politicians.

The Athlone-based Dail representative fought off challenges from the likes of fellow party colleague, Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton and Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald to claim the number seven spot out of 166 TDs in a newly devised online poll.

Ms McFadden almost clinched the top female position, latest figures showed on Monday, finishing just 42 votes behind Cork East TD Sandra McLellan.

The website www.sexytd.com pits two random TDs against one another with web users asked to pick which TD they prefer.

Other local TDs, however, didn’t fair as well. Fianna Fail representative Robert Troy was best of the rest at number 52, courtesy of 1,541 votes.

Fine Gael TD James Bannon came in at 96 having won a relatively modest 188 head-to-head contests.

The poll revealed Longford Westmeath’s Labour Deputy Willie Penrose received the lowest rating, which is unlikely to worry the Ballyncargy deputy too much. .

The housing minister was, on Monday evening, sitting in 144th position, behind the likes of Independent TDs Shane Ross and Mick Wallace, but ahead of Fianna Fail’s Eamon O’Cuiv in 166th and last place.

Site founder and Made in Chelsea star, Francis Boulle said he had set up the site to “raise voter awareness about their TDs”. He conceded some people might find it offensive but hoped most would see its more amusing side. And for those at the centre of the new poll, most were doing just that when contacted by the Leader this week.

Bursting into a fit of laughter on Friday, Fine Gael TD James Bannon joked: “I pass no remarks on that whatseover. It (website) doesn’t interest me.”