Saturday 25 October 2014

A blow for Reilly

Published 27/05/2014 | 02:30

THE former personal assistant to Health Minister James Reilly was among the Fine Gael casualties who lost his council seat in Dublin.

Outgoing councillor Tom O'Leary, who was never far from Dr Reilly's side during his first two years as minister, lost his seat on Fingal Co Council. This is seen as a blow to Dr Reilly, who made some high-profile appearances during the election campaign.

CURRAN LOSES OUT

Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming died late last year, said his election campaign had been "emotionally difficult" after he lost out by just 10 votes on the final council seat in Wicklow.

Mr Curran, who announced his candidacy just two months after the death of his partner, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who failed with a Supreme Court bid to change the law on assisted suicide, conceded defeat to Mary McDonald of Sinn Fein.

On Sunday night, Mr Curran, whose campaign was backed by Independent TD for Wicklow Stephen Donnelly, requested a recount. Tom Murphy, the returning officer, carried out a recount of first preferences and at around 4.30pm yesterday Mr Curran and his campaigners conceded that a win was unlikely.

POWER OF NO POSTERS

A complementary health practitioner who erected no posters and spent less than €1,000 on her campaign has become the only Independent member of the new Kilkenny County Council.

Breda Gardner won 498 first-preference votes in Kilkenny City East but proved "transfer friendly" and ended up with 1,060 votes and was elected on the 12th and last count. She was one of several first-time candidates to emerge triumphant in that electoral area.

WILSON EYES A RUN

GARDA whistleblower John Wilson is considering running in the next general election.

Mr Wilson said he had intended running in the local elections in the Cavan area but was forced to pull out due to ill-health. "I had intended to run in the local elections in Cavan but I got ill and I'm glad to have survived that ordeal but I will consider running in two years' time in the General Election as an Independent," he said.

Irish Independent

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