Sunday 19 November 2017

Gormley admits election was disaster for Greens

Green Party leader John Gormley lost the Dail seat he has held for 14 years after the fifth count in Dublin South-East last night.

Mr Gormley received just 2,370 first preference votes in the four-seat constituency, far short of the 6,984 quota needed to secure a place in the Dail.

And after six counts, Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton and Labour's Ruairi Quinn became the first of the constituency's new TDs.

Both parties look like securing two seats each.

Last night Mr Gormley admitted that this election had been a disaster for the Greens, but pledged to rebuild.

"It's a sad day for the party. We have suffered a major defeat but will regroup", he said.

"We have a set of beliefs and values and a vision for the future. We are going to rebuild, make no mistake about it.

"It has been a difficult couple of years. We have been associated with the government that has had to make difficult decisions and that's why we have had to endure this defeat.

"We are very proud of our achievements. We called this election because we believed it was the right thing to do. It was not in our political interest, but it was in the country's interest. We will continue serving this country".

Not one of the 16 candidates running did enough to take them home after the first count.

Fine Gael's two candidates, Lucinda Creighton and Eoghan Murphy, were best placed, securing 6,619 and 5,783 first preference votes respectively.

In third was Labour's Ruairi Quinn with 5,407 votes followed by Fianna Fail's Chris Andrews with 3,922.

Labour's Kevin Humphreys with 3,450 first preferences was expected to take a seat.

Best placed of the Independents was Paul Sommerville with 2343 first preferences. Trevor O Ceallaigh fared worst, with just 18 votes. The turnout was 60.5 per cent.

Paul Melia

Sunday Independent

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