Sunday 11 December 2016

Dublin Bay South: Renua leader Lucinda Creighton refuses to accept defeat despite tallies

Published 27/02/2016 | 17:14

Lucinda Creighton and her daughter Gwendoline Bradford (2) pictured after voting at The Scoil Mhuire Polling Station, Sandymount yesterday. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Lucinda Creighton and her daughter Gwendoline Bradford (2) pictured after voting at The Scoil Mhuire Polling Station, Sandymount yesterday. Picture: Colin O'Riordan

RENUA leader Lucinda Creighton has said she could have taken the "soft option" and ran as an independent in Dublin Bay South.

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But Ms Creighton refused to accept defeat this evening, despite tallies showing she will be unseated by Fine Gael councillor Kate O'Connell.

"Fingers crossed I hold my seat but if I don't, you know what, I'm very philosophical about these things, and at the end of the day the voters decide," Ms Creighton told reporters after she arrived at the count centre in the RDS.

Ms Creighton added that she has no regrets and insisted her party will continue into the future.

But she said she could have "taken the soft option" and run as an independent.

"I don't take the soft option," she told reporters.

Meanwhile, Labour TD Joe Costello, who is set to lose his seat in Dublin Central, said he believed the party should not go back into Government.

But he disagreed that the result means Joan Burton should be replaced as leader as a result of its huge drop in support.

"I would be very surprised if Labour were to go into the incoming government. Certianly it's up to others who got the strong votes form the public to make the decisions and to make up the next government."

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