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Saturday 20 September 2014

Blow-up 'man' joins election party

Published 25/05/2014 | 02:30

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A naked 'man' was an distraction for tallymen at the Kilkenny count yesterday. An unsuspecting hen party posse arrived into the midst of the politicians at the Springhill Court Hotel. They were planning to dispatch their blow-up 'man' to the bed of a bride-to-be.

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HIGGINS: LABOUR GOING WAY OF GREENS

LABOUR is heading towards the same fate as the Green Party, according to Socialist party leader Joe Higgins. The Dublin West TD claimed that Eamon Gilmore's party have "stabbed people in the back" and are facing wipeout at the next general election. "The overwhelming message is that the austerity agenda, and those pushing it, Fine Gael and Labour, have got an unmerciful hammering," he said.

SEAT SUCCESS FOR FIANNA FAIL'S HAUGHEY

Former Fianna Fail junior minister Sean Haughey was clearly delighted at the RDS Count Centre as he got set to take the second seat in the Clontarf ward.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Mr Haughey said: "It looks like we'll take two seats in the six-seat area so that's a very good result. The strategy of running two candidates really paid off. It looks like we'll get about 30 per cent of the vote. I'm very happy," he added.

HEAD

Olympic boxing hero Kenneth Egan suffered a few tough body blows when Clondalkin ballot boxes revealed he was on the ropes. The former light-heavyweight champion ended up in a battle for one of the last of the eight seats representing Clondalkin on South Dublin County Council.

While party workers were hopeful he would pick up transfers, they saw that his FG running mate, sitting councillor Emer Higgins, polled better than him.

The Olympic silver medalist got two-thirds of a quota and was waiting to see where the massive surplus of Sinn Fein votes would fall in the coming counts.

EXPERIENCE PAYS FOR MCGARVEY

Ireland's oldest mayor, 83-year-old Ian McGarvey, was absent from the count in Letterkenny yesterday, but he was very much there in spirit to contest the seat, taking 40 per cent of the vote in his home town of Ramelton.

DONEGAL FASHIONABLY LATE TO COUNT

DONEGAL is the only county in the country which didn't begin its count yesterday. Instead ballot boxes from all five electoral areas were sorted at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. Ballot papers were taken to count centres in Buncrana, Glenties, Donegal Town and Stranorlar last night for the count proper today as is tradition in the county.

CANDIDATES GET PERFECT PRESENT

Carlow Fianna Fail councillor Jennifer Murnane-O'Connor and her colleague independent Cllr Walter Lacey got the best birthday present they could have asked for.

At the time of going to print, both set to be re-elected and keep their seats.

Sunday Independent

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