He stood as an independent candidate in the 3-seat Dublin North Central constituency at the 1957 general election, gaining 15% of the first-preference vote, which was more than the successful Fianna Fáil candidate
Colm Gallagher. However, Gallagher's death in June 1957, just three months after the election, triggering a by-election on 14th November, which Sherwin won.
The constituency was expanded to a 4-seater for the 1961 general election, and Sherwin retained his seat comfortably, winning over 21% of the first-preference vote. However, his vote fell at the 1965 election to less than 6%, and he lost his seat to Labour's Michael O'Leary.
Sherwin has been described as "colourful". In 1958, when the Dáil was debating allowing women to join the
Garda Siochana, he suggested that "while recruits should not be actually horse faced, they should not be too good looking. They should be just plain women and not targets for marriage". [http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=1305266&issue_id=11819 Wanted: Fair cops (but not too fair)] (Irish Independent, 2004-12-16)]
Frank Sherwin Bridge, opened in 1982, is named in his honour.
* [http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=2565 Frank Sherwin's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
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