Bandon-Kinsale Cork area: Sinn Fein top the poll
SINN Fein’s Rachel McCarthy secured a decisive victory in Bandon-Kinsale topping the poll with 2,344 first preference votes.
The 30 year old former Bandon town councillor mounted a strong campaign as an ‘alternative voice.’
Opposed to water charges and property tax, the mum of two said ‘people are looking for change.’
“The others haven’t delivered,” she said. Labour candidate Thomas O’Brien lost heavily to McCarthy, polling 1,097 first preference votes. Also elected on the first count with 2,288 was Fianna Fail’s Alan Coleman, a long serving councillor first elected to Cork County Council in 1991.
The surprise incumbent here is first time candidate James O’Donovan FG
(25) from Bandon, a sales manager who said he offered truth and honesty to West Cork voters, who came through on the 8th count with 2,222, 61 under quota.
He received 'massive support' after he was approached by FG and after inititally turning the party down, changed his mind to run.
"The only discouragement I got was from one person who thought I was mad to consider politics," he said.
The eighth count brought Margaret Murphy O’Mahony FF and Kevin Murphy FG polled 2,349 and 2,368 respectively to fill the 6 seat constituency.