Monday 19 February 2018

Pregnant Sorca causes Labour pains in Mullingar

Mullingar's 13 seats on the 20 seat Westmeath County Council have been decided.

She is nine months pregnant, her campaign slowed down dramatically in recent weeks and she could not even canvass her full electoral area, yet Sinn Fein's Sorca Clarke has just been elected onto Westmeath County Council.

In the 10th count in the Mullingar-Kilbeggan area, the self-employed accountant and mother-of-three (whose 4th child was due this weekend) became the third SF candidate to be elected onto Westmeath County Council. The last time an SF candidate was elected onto Westmeath County Council the year was 1922.

Leading anti-windfarm campaigner and Irish fishing captain Andrew Duncan (FG) was also elected on the 10th count to Mullingar Kilbeggan, The Mullingar man was the main man behind the Laklands Windfarm Information Group who recently organised a mass rally attended by over 8,000 against wind farms in Dublin. He also mobilised thousands nationwide in campaigns against wind farms.

Completing the Mullingar-Kilbeggan area is FF's Ken Glynn, a son of former Senator Camillus Glynn.

Mullingar Kilbeggan (6 seats)

Paul Daly (FF)

Johnny Penrose (Lab)

Avril Whitney (FF)

Andrew Duncan (FG)

Ken Glynn (FF)

Sorca Clarke (SF)


In Mullingar Coole, the final seats have been decided. Former poll topper in this area Mick Dollard (Lab) saw his vote half, and he scraped in without reaching the quota after 8 counts. Also elected on the 8th count without reaching the quota was veterans Hill (FF) and McDermott (FG)

They join first time SF candidate and former journalist Una Darcy (SF), auctioneer Aidan Davitt (FF) county mayor Peter Burke (FG) and former Westmeath hurling captain John Shaw (FF) in the seven seater.

Aidan Davitt (FF)

Una Darcy (SF)

John Shaw (FF)

Peter Burke (FG)

Frank McDermott (FG)

Paddy Hill (FF)

Mick Dollard (Lab)

In both Mullingar areas, Independent candidate and charity aid worker Brian Fagan ran all the party candidates close. He finished 8th in the seven seater, just a few votes shy of Dollard and 7th in the six seater, a hundred votes shy of the pregnant SF candidate.

With Athlone soon to be declared, the make up of Westmeath County Council will be as the tallies predicted:

Fianna Fail - 9

Fine Gael - 5

Sinn Fein - 3

Labour - 2

Independent - 1

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