Saturday 24 August 2019

Two failed MEP hopefuls can fall back on local council seats

Green Party's Ciaran Cuffe pictured with Social Democrat Gary Gannon at the European Election count in the RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Green Party's Ciaran Cuffe pictured with Social Democrat Gary Gannon at the European Election count in the RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Two candidates who ran in a European and local election will be able to fall back on city or county council seats after failing to secure a ticket to Brussels.

Social Democrats Dublin candidate Gary Gannon will take up a seat on Dublin City Council when its new members meet next month. He retained his local seat at the weekend. People Before Profit's Adrienne Wallace, who ran for Europe in Ireland South and in her native Carlow, secured a local seat but will not be elected to the European Parliament.

A third candidate, Fianna Fáil's Malcolm Byrne, is also assured a local seat in Wexford but may not need to take it up if he wins a European seat in Ireland South.

The Green Party's Ciarán Cuffe will have his Dublin City Council seat co-opted to another party member.

He was one of 10 candidates who attempted to secure seats in both elections. However, the split strategy has not worked for most of them, after six failed to get elected in their local areas and Europe.

Irish Independent

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