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Labour spent €21.50 per vote won in Meath East by-election disaster

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 19/06/2013 | 11:49

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Helen McEntee
Helen McEntee

THE Labour Party spent over €21.50 per vote won in their disastrous Meath East by-election campaign.

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The party finished in an embarrassing fifth position, behind a low profile independent candidate, with less then five per cent of the vote.

Labour’s Eoin Holmes got just 1,112 votes – after the party spent nearly €24,000 on his campaign.

The expenditure of €23,988.64 translates to spending €21.57 per vote won.

The spending limit per candidate in the Meath East by-election was €31,150. 

The highest expenditure was €29,850 on the campaign of Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee, who won the seat to replace her father, the late Shane McEntee.

Figures from the Standards In Public Office Commission show Fianna Fail’s Thomas Byrne spent €28,900 and Sinn Fein’s Darren O’Rourke €15,500.

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