Higgins: Labour going way of Greens
LABOUR is heading towards the same fate as the Green Party, according to Socialist party leader Joe Higgins. The Dublin West TD claimed that Eamon Gilmore's party have "stabbed people in the back" and are facing wipeout at the next general election.
"The overwhelming message is that the austerity agenda, and those pushing it, Fine Gael and Labour, have got an unmerciful hammering," he said.
SEAT SUCCESS FOR FIANNA FAIL'S HAUGHEY
Former Fianna Fail junior minister Sean Haughey was clearly delighted at the RDS count centre as he got set to take the second seat in the Clontarf ward.
Haughey said: "It looks like we'll take two seats in the six-seat area so that's a very good result. The strategy of running two candidates really paid off. It looks like we'll get about 30 per cent of the vote. I'm very happy."
BOXER EGAN DOWN BUT NOT QUITE OUT
Olympic boxing hero Kenneth Egan suffered a few tough body blows when Clondalkin ballot boxes revealed he was on the ropes.
The former light-heavyweight champion ended up in a battle for one of the last of the eight seats representing Clondalkin on South Dublin County Council.
The Olympic silver medallist got two-thirds of a quota and was waiting to see where the massive surplus of Sinn Fein votes would fall. His Fine Gael running mate, sitting councillor Emer Higgins, polled better than him.
EXPERIENCE PAYS FOR MCGARVEY
Ireland's oldest mayor, 83-year-old Ian McGarvey, was absent from the count in Letterkenny yesterday, but he was very much there in spirit to contest the seat, taking 40 per cent of the vote in his home town of Ramelton.
DONEGAL FASHIONABLY LATE TO COUNT
DONEGAL is the only county in the country which didn't begin its count yesterday. Instead ballot boxes from all five electoral areas were sorted at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. Ballot papers were taken to count centres in Buncrana, Glenties, Donegal Town and Stranorlar last night for the count proper today as is tradition in the county.
CANDIDATES GET PERFECT PRESENT
Carlow Fianna Fail councillor Jennifer Murnane-O'Connor and her colleague, Independent Cllr Walter Lacey, got the best birthday present they could have asked for. At the time of going to print, both looked set to be re-elected.