Friday 15 December 2017

Fighting-fit Kenny Egan to celebrate with 'a nice cup of tea'

South Dublin

Boxer Kenny Egan with his mother Maura and girlfriend Karen Sullivan at the count. Photo: BARBARA LINDBERG
Boxer Kenny Egan with his mother Maura and girlfriend Karen Sullivan at the count. Photo: BARBARA LINDBERG

Fiona Ellis and Alan O'Keeffe

OLYMPIC boxing medallist Kenny Egan likened his first local election experience to one of his fights.

The boxer secured one of eight seats up for grabs in the Clondalkin ward despite not reaching the quota of 1,569.

"It was nerve-wracking, it was like Olympic final time," he said. "But I'm just happy to come out on top again."

He said he was "delighted with himself" as he was elected alongside Emer Higgans on the eighth count.

"I'm just so happy, you know. It's been a long three months knocking on doors, and it's been an experience," he said.

"But I am delighted with myself now. I think I'll make a difference to the youth. That's what I've always targeted straight from the start."

The 32-year-old, who has had a well documented battle with alcohol in the past, said he would celebrate the win "with a nice cup of tea".

His mentor, Fine Gael Minister Frances Fitzgerald, said she was delighted with the local election results, adding that Mr Egan was a very committed candidate: "He's thrown himself into it... he wants to make a difference to his community. He feels that Clondalkin has give a lot to him and he wants to give something back to Clondalkin."

Dublin South had a 42pc turnout – with 40 seats filled across Tallaght Central, Tallaght South, Rathfarnham, Templeogue-Terenure, Clondalkin and Lucan.

The election saw the return of colourful politician Paul Gogarty. The former Green Party TD was in the Dail from 2002 to 2011 when he frequently found himself in the headlines.

His defeat in the Green Party wipeout in the last General Election deprived the Dail of one of its best-known performers. But he returned as an Independent councillor in Lucan.

More than two dozen councillors are left-wing, including nine Sinn Fein councillors, which will be more than double the total presence of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail members.

The Sinn Fein councillors will be a force to be reckoned with. Cathal King received almost two-and-a-half quotas in Tallaght South.

At the count Ms Fitzgerald was spotted chatting with local TD and Labour Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte. Both said their parties took a hit locally because of the Government's tough decisions.

Irish Independent Supplement

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