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Kildare North: Labour suffers whitewash as Emmet Stagg loses seat he won in 1997

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Emmet Stagg ,Labour deputy for Kildare North

Emmet Stagg ,Labour deputy for Kildare North

Social Democrats candidate Catherine Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke

Social Democrats candidate Catherine Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke

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Emmet Stagg ,Labour deputy for Kildare North

Labour suffered a whitewash in the two Kildare constituencies after long serving Emmet Stagg lost a seat he had held in the North since 1997.

The massive vote secured by poll topper Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats) badly damaged his support base in traditional Stagg heartlands and the inroads made by Fianna Fail saw two seats returning to the party.

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Despite the swing against Fine Gael, another veteran Bernard Durkan held onto his seat but running mate Anthony Lawlor lost out after one Dail term.

After topping the poll and exceeding the quota on the first county in the Kildare North constituency, a jubilant Catherine Murphy, of the Social Democrats, said her party would take stock over the weekend before deciding whether they would accept any invitation to help form the next government.

Ms Murphy said a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition would not be her favourite choice of government but, on the other hand, the voters would not favour another election in the short term if a government could not be formed.

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