Michael Lowry eyes early general election after Labour's fall
INDEPENDENT TD Michael Lowry predicted a general election "sooner rather than later" as a result of Labour's collapse in the local elections.
Mr Lowry's independent organisation ran six candidates across the Thurles-Templemore and Nenagh electoral areas for Tipperary County Council.
They looked set to pick up between three and five seats, including one for the former Fine Gael minister's son, outgoing councillor Micheal Lowry.
"We've done exceptionally well, we've had a very good campaign – but the bounce of a ball can mean the difference between three and five seats," Mr Lowry Snr said.
"To have effective government you have to have rational and reasonable decisions taken. The reaction from the Labour Party to their current predicament would be one to believe that their expectations and targets cannot be met by a government that's concerned about seriously running the country," he said.
Independents are set to make up about one-third of the 40 seats in Tipperary County Council, while Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are also happy with their performances.
And Former Fianna Fail minister Michael Smith was another who saw a son, Michael Jnr, enjoy electoral success with a huge first preference vote of 2,568 in Thurles-Templemore.
Mr Smith Snr said it may be a springboard for his son to seek a Fianna Fail nomination for the next general election.
"It's a result which I think, people are going to look at and think about," he said.
"He's just had this fantastic election and he's jaded, I don't think he's thinking about anything else but a few days off.
"If I were in the beginning of my political career, I might be thinking of something else – but that's for another day."
There was devastation in Tipperary for the Labour Party which was facing the prospect of having just one representative on the county council.
It was a good weekend for Sinn Fein, with the party set to claim a seat in each of the five electoral areas, compared to having just one county council seat coming into these elections.
Irish Independent Supplement