Gormley tops poll in Sligo County Council Ballymote-Tubbercurry
Published 25/05/2014 | 00:25
Margaret Gormley had to wait until just before midnight for official confirmation that she had topped the poll in Sligo County Council’s Ballymote-Tubbercurry electoral area, but it was obvious from minutes after the boxes were opened that her vote would be massive.
The Independent councillor who has been on the county council for almost 34 years attributed her vote – 1018 above the quota- to hard work.
She said she had encountered a lot of anger on the doorsteps especially from elderly people who had lost telephone and electricity allowances. She said the poor condition of roads, poor broadband, water charges and the cuts to medical cards were major issues throughout the campaign.
“Medical cards should never have been centralised,” she said. “Community welfare officers knew the circumstances of families - now you are only a number”.
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