Monday 25 June 2018

Fitzpatrick gets her revenge on Ahern with poll victory

Richard Boyd Barrett (second from left) of the People Before Profit Alliance being congratulated by supporters, including fellow
candidate Hugh Lewis (in blue shirt denim jacket), at the weekend
Richard Boyd Barrett (second from left) of the People Before Profit Alliance being congratulated by supporters, including fellow candidate Hugh Lewis (in blue shirt denim jacket), at the weekend

Katherine Donnelly

FIANNA Fail's only poll-topper in Dublin, Mary Fitzpatrick, inflicted the most bittersweet cut of all on her own party in the trouncing it suffered in the capital.

The northside councillor exacted revenge by commanding a first-preference tally more than double that of party rival Maurice Ahern, leaving the 70-year-old brother of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern limping in her wake.

The prospect of the Ahern family losing the city council seat they have held for over 30 years loomed all day Saturday.

Recount

And when the gap between Mr Ahern and party colleague Seaghan Kearney was down to a handful of votes for the last seat, a recount was called.

A feud between Ms Fitzpatrick and the Ahern camp saw her recently losing out to Maurice Ahern as the Fianna Fail candidate for the Dublin Central by-election.

The bloodbath for the government parties in Dublin saw the Fianna Fail share of the vote across the city drop by more than 5pc to below 18pc; while its coalition partners, the Greens, whose vote almost halved to 3.5pc from 2004, took no seats.

Labour took the crown in the capital after its vote jumped 9pc to 29.5pc, and other big winners were the independents -- support for whom rose by almost 7pc to nearly 18pc.

Support for Sinn Fein went down by 6pc to below 13pc.

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