Thursday 29 September 2016

Communications Minister Alex White loses seat but backs Joan Burton

Published 27/02/2016 | 18:46

Communications Minister Alex White has lost his seat
Communications Minister Alex White has lost his seat

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Alex White has lost his seat in the General Election.

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As the Labour vote collapsed he became a casualty in the Dublin Rathdown constituency.

Speaking after his elimination following the fourth count Mr White said he has not yet decided if he will stay in politics.

He has, however, backed leader Joan Burton.

“It has been an immense privilege to serve as a TD for Dublin South for the last five years and also to serve as Minister in the Department of Health and then in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It has been an immense privilege to do so in a difficult time for our country and I have absolutely no regrets,” he told Independent.ie.

He added that he had resolute support for the actions taken by the government over the last five years and did not regret contesting the election in Dublin Rathdown instead of Dublin South West where a lot of his support was before the constituency boundaries changed.

Mr White said some of his losses could be down to the decline in the Labour vote nationally.

“Our vote was down. I don’t know what the ultimate national figure would be. The exit polls were somewhere between seven and eight percent. I came in at just under 10pc here in Dublin Rathdown, so it has been a very difficult day for the Labour Party - our vote has been down considerably,” he said.

Asked about his future in politics he said he would have to assess the situation.

“We are just partly through the day. I’ll consider that. I came to politics late and some people might say I’m leaving it early if indeed I make that decision.

“I haven’t actually made any final decision. It’s always difficult to make those big, life, decisions on a day like this.

“We have come out of elections like this before and we have come back. I remember in 1987 the party came out of that Government with around seven percent and in 1992 we were back on 19pc in a very important and progressive government in the 1990’s,” he added.

He explained that he is a political person who would like to b e involved in change in Ireland be it as a politician or as a continuing member and supporter of the Labour Party.

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