FF's Sean Haughey elected after tense battle for Dublin Bay North's second seat
Published 01/03/2016 | 00:59
Fianna Fáil's Sean Haughey has been elected to the Dáil after a tense and enduring battle for Dublin Bay North's second seat, with 12,754 votes.
The son of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey claimed his place in the Oireachtas after the distribution of votes from eliminated Senator Averil Power.
It came as the count for the so-called "group of death" constituency finished its third day.
Mr Haughey said he was "feeling very excited" about the prospect of returning to national politics.
"It's a great honour to be elected to Dáil Eireann," he said, expressing his gratitude to voters in Dublin Bay North.
"It was very clear in the local elections that the government were very unpopular and that unpopularity only increased as time went on," he added.
"Even during the last few days of the campaign as well, it was very evident that people wanted a change of government."
"From that point of view, it was quite an easy campaign. I got a good response on the door and people knew me, so it was an enjoyable campaign," he continued.
But he said he recognised it was "time to deliver" on all the issues that people raised on the doorsteps.
On the length of the Dublin Bay North count, dubbed the "group of death", he said it had "lived up to expectations".
"There has been a lot of high-profile people seeking election in this constituency," he said. "There were 20 candidates, so it was always going to be an exciting count and it has certainly lived up to expectations."
But he added that he wouldn't be throwing out his election posters just yet, as the prospect of another election looms large.
"I think I'll just put them in cold storage just in case," he said.
Meanwhile, PBP candidate John Lyons was eliminated after gaining a total of 8,476 votes.