Council seats for FF and SF's failed Dail candidates
Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30
FIANNA Fail's David McGuinness and Paul Donnelly of Sinn Fein will take their place on Fingal County Council after both narrowly failing to win a Dail seat.
They lost out in the Dublin West by-election to Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party, who also won a seat on the local authority. A councillor will now have to be co-opted on to Fingal to replace Ms Coppinger in Mulhuddart.
The Green Party's Roderic O'Gorman contested both elections as well, managing to secure a council seat in Castleknock/Blanchardstown.
Not so lucky were John Kidd and Sean Lyons, both Independents, who failed to get elected to either Fingal or the Dail.
In a blow to Health Minister James Reilly, his right-hand man Tom O'Leary (FG) didn't get elected in Balbriggan.
The party ran four candidates in the ward but only JP Browne was successful.
Left-wing and anti-austerity candidates made huge gains across Fingal, but particularly in Mulhuddart.
As well as the success of Coppinger and Donnelly, Annette Hughes of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and Edmond Lukusa (SF) were elected.
Voters in neighbouring Castleknock/Balbriggan elected two Fine Gael and two Fianna Fail candidates, but also Sandra Kavanagh (AAA) and Sinn Fein's Natalie Treacy.
Young Fianna Failer Jack Chambers led from the front all the way, showing he will be one to watch in future elections.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar stuck with the counts throughout the day on Saturday and was there in the early hours of Sunday to see his fellow Fine Gaelers Ted Leddy and Eithne Loftus get through.
His Cabinet and constituency colleague Joan Burton was also present, but she had little to celebrate as Labour's John Walsh was eliminated.
A bright spot for Labour in an otherwise damaging performance was Ken Farrell's result in Balbriggan, where he topped the poll.
Irish Independent Supplement