Wednesday 26 July 2017

Dublin South-Central battle ends as AAA-PBP's Brid Smith elected with 35 vote lead

Bríd Smith, second from left, People before profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Credit: Damien Eagers
Bríd Smith, second from left, People before profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Credit: Damien Eagers
Bríd Smith, People before profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate, celebrates with Richard Boyd Barrett after winning the final seat in Dublin South-Central Credit: Damien Eagers
Bríd Smith, left, People before profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate, celebrates with supporters after winning the final seat in the Dublin South-Central constituency Credit: Damien Eagers
Bríd Smith, People before profit, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate, celebrates after winning the final seat in the Dublin South-Central constituency at the RDS Count centre. Credit: Damien Eagers

Ciara Treacy

The battle for the final seat in Dublin South-Central has come to an end as AAA-PBP's Brid Smith was elected with 7879 votes.

 She had a 35 vote lead on Fianna Fail's Catherine Ardagh before Ardagh called a total recount on Sunday morning.

 Following the recount and adjournment on approximately 170 disputed votes, the final figures remained the same, with Smith deemed elected.

 Speaking after the news, Smith said: "I wouldn't have enough days left in my life to thank the amount of people from Dublin South Central and across the country who have been on Facebook, on Twitter, on my phone, ringing me, my family and friends who came to the count centre to support us when we had to supervise the recount.

 "I was so overwhelmed and still am.

 "For me the memory of this election will be that Saturday when people flowed from all over the country and from all things that happened in my life - Luas drivers, ambulance drivers, people I'd supported in struggle and strike, the people of Ballyfermot in particular and people from everywhere that came to back me up and ensure that people before profit won this seat on behalf of the working class of Dublin South Central and kept Fianna Fáil out.

 "I don't mean any harm to Catherine Ardagh in saying that but it is important that this remains a very strong left-wing constituency and I'm delighted with the result.

 "On the water charges Fianna Fáil said they're making this a red line issue.

 "We will be stick them to that in the Dáil.

 "I'll be there with Richard [Boyd Barrett] and four other members of the AAA-PBP and we will stick that to them along with lots of other left-wing forces.

 "To the Labour Party I'd say, at the moment you're the same as the left-wing AAA-PBP alliance in the Dáil, your strength has been severely weakened, you've been battered and bruised, you deserved it because of what you have done in implementing austerity, water charges, property tax, over the last while.

 "You're reaping what you have sowed and I just want to send a word to all decent trade unions out there, we need now to take the Labour Party out of the trade union movement."

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