Wednesday 20 September 2017

Farrell gives SF leader credit for her win

Galway City

Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell with her mother Jenny, sister Medb and father Niall after being elected to Galway City Council at the count in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo: Andrew Downes
Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell with her mother Jenny, sister Medb and father Niall after being elected to Galway City Council at the count in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo: Andrew Downes
Mairead Farrell, IRA volunteer

Brian McDonald

MAIREAD Farrell, niece of the IRA volunteer of the same name who was shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar, stormed through to easily take a seat in Galway City East.

An unemployed graduate and the youngest member of the new council at 24, Ms Farrell pointed to the performance of her party's leadership as crucial in making it to the council.

"I'm absolutely delighted, but it's down to hard work – particularly by the likes of Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, who went in and held the powerful to account."

Joining her in the new city council will be Anna Marley who works in the office of Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O Clochartaigh. She took a seat without reaching the quota in the City Central electoral area.

And a third Sinn Fein victory was looking likely in City West with schoolteacher Cathal O Conchuir well placed as counting went on late yesterday.

But it was also a hat-trick for Independents in the three electoral areas of Galway City Council.

Former PD councillors Terry O'Flaherty and Donal Lyons and third-time trier Mike Cubbard swept to the top of the polls.

In addition, Ms O'Flaherty led home her old PD colleague and fellow Independent Declan McDonnell, while Mr Lyons was followed by ex-Labour, non-party runner and outgoing Councillor Catherine Connolly.

Ms O'Flaherty said: "I'm not a member of any sports club or party or anything. I just had to rely on hard work – there's no secret to it."

Fine Gael's Padraig Conneely became the only outgoing city mayor to survive the anti-government tsunami. He made it home without reaching the quota on the ninth count in City Central.

Labour lost two sitting councillors, Nuala Nolan and Colette Connolly, while one-time rebel Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh was on hand to welcome his brother Brian to the city council in the City East area on his first attempt.

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