'Surge in Fianna Fail's vote most disappointing thing about election,' reveals Fingal Labour TD Brendan Ryan
Published 28/02/2016 | 17:16
Labour TD Brendan Ryan said Fianna Fáil's surge in the general election was the "most disappointing thing".
The Dublin Fingal candidate was elected to Dáil Éireann following ten counts after gaining a total of 9,406 votes. but recognised it had been a "difficult" election for his party.
"It was always going to be difficult," he told Independent.ie "We knew going in that we had hard things to do."
"We were hoping at the end when things turned around we'd get some benefit for the recovery, but it wasn't forthcoming."
"The most disappointing thing was to see Fianna Fáil being forgiven, and we were being punished for fixing it," he added.
"I came to the count yesterday morning. But while I was home, I was watching the television and saw a lot of my good colleagues lose their seats," he continued. "It was a very emotional day."
He added there had been some surprise locally at the ousting of local Fine Gael minister, James Reilly.
"Some people felt if there was going to be one winner [from Fine Gael] it would be James Reilly. So there is a bit of surprise," he said.