Fianna Fail emerges as frontrunners in Mallow
Fianna Fail supporters are celebrating in the Mallow count centre tonight where FF candidates are doing well in both Fermoy and Kanturk-Mallow electoral areas.
Roars of delight rang out across Mallow Youth Centre as it was announced that sitting councillor Dan Joe Fitzgerald had retained his seat on Cork County Council in Kanturk-Mallow in the fifth count.
Loyal supporters lifted the Mallow businessman aloft on their shoulders as the results were announced.
Meanwhile Independent John Paul O’Shea, who topped the poll in Kanturk-Mallow, with an impressive 4,374 votes said it felt “a bit surreal” to have done so well.
“I expected to be in the running for a seat. I didn’t expect to get the number of votes that I did,” said the 30 year old from Lombardstown, outside the north Cork town of Mallow.
“It’s a result of people not believing in party politics and I think it’s a result of the work I’ve done in the last five years.”
“I’m going to celebrate with my family and friends and supporters who have supported me throughout. As an independent you really depend on your family and friends and neighbours and I really appreciate their support.
In a shock development Cork County mayor Noel O’Connor (FG) was eliminated on the fourth count.
Independent Denis O’Brien and Independent Zalewski Grzegorz were both eliminated in the second count and FF’s Bart Donegan was eliminated in the third count.
Meanwhile in Fermoy Electoral area Fianna Fail’s Kevin O’Keeffe were elected on the first count, while Labour’s Noel McCarthy, a sitting councillor,
bucked the national trend, topping the poll with an impressive 3,511 votes. O’Keeffe, from Mitchelstown, who is the son of former T.D. Ned O’Keeffe and a sitting councillor, came second with 2,923 votes.
In the second count Fianna Fail councillor Frank O’Flynn was elected with 2,839 votes giving Fianna Fail two local representatives in the Fermoy area.
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