Thursday 18 January 2018

Mary Lou: Sinn Fein will double its local authority seats

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

SINN Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald expects her party to double the number of local authority seats it holds.

Ms McDonald said the electorate is sending the Government a “strong message” after enduring years of austerity.

“It’s a very good day out for us,” she told RTE Radio One.

She said she is disappointed by the low turnout in Dublin but said the party will elect “a whole rake of first time candidates” in the capital.

She expects the party to double the number of council seats it holds bringing the total above 100 seats.

Ms McDonald also praised Dublin European election candidate Lynn Boylan who is romping home in first place, according tallies.

Sinn Fein is currently poised to take three seats in the European elections and are in with a very strong chance in the Dublin West by-election.

Asked if she thought the Fine Gael and Labour Coalition would survive the hammering in the polls, Ms McDonald said: “This Government will hang on regardless”.

She said Labour would not leave Government as they “may as well be hung for a sheep than a lamb”.

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