Wednesday 24 January 2018

In brief: Haughey reflects on poor result as political dynasty comes to an end

Former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey would have urged him to "fight, fight back" in reaction to his son Sean losing his seat in Dublin North Central. But the reaction of his grandfather, another former Taoiseach, Sean Lemass, would have been "no sentimentality, no emotion", said Sean Haughey yesterday after his defeat.

He would reflect on the result and it wasn't a day for rash decisions, he added.

The defeat ends a dynasty that began in 1924. But he said the result was not unexpected. His own poll, conducted before the election, showed him at 13 per cent first-preference votes and that was reflected in the actual result."It's not a good day, but you do have these type of days. I decided to contest the election, to be accountable, and an election is a great exercise in democracy," he said.

Labour's Burton first to be elected

Joan Burton, the Labour finance spokeswoman, became the first TD elected to the 31st Dail when she was declared elected for Dublin West at 2.45pm yesterday.

Brady doubles vote -- but loses seat

CYPRIAN Brady bucked the trend by doubling his vote in Dublin Central -- but still managed to lose his seat.

Brady, who was a pillar of Bertie Ahern's Drumcondra Mafia, famously secured a paltry 939 first-preference votes in the last General Election yet still won a Dail seat thanks to the former Taoiseach's transfers. Yesterday, he improved his personal best by securing 1,627 first preferences. This time around, however, he didn't have Bertie's coat-tails to whisk him into the Dail. Mary Fitzpatrick, who was Fianna Fail's second candidate in the constituency, did twice as well as Mr Brady with 3,504 first preference votes. Given the long-running rivalry between the two Dublin Central candidates, it remained to be seen how many of Brady's transfers she would hoover up.

Lenihan says his work was overlooked

Former Junior Minister Conor Lenihan said that "much of the good work" that he and his running-mate Charlie O'Connor did "was simply ignored because voters were very much focused on the national issue".

As both Fianna Fail TDs looked certain to lose their seats, he said that Enda Kenny had shown the way a party could be brought back from a "gruelling and very debilitating defeat". "It's hugely important to remember that. I wish him well because this country really does need to be brought out of recession," he said

O'Rourke: no regrets at standing

FORMER Fianna Fail Minister Mary 'Mammy' O'Rourke, one of Fianna Fail's oldest candidates, said she did not regret running in the election. "It appears that we are a brand people didn't like and I was the main brandee in this constituency, so obviously it goes against me.

"I am sorry for that. I am not sorry for having run because I always like to face up to challenges, and I decided to face it and not to run away with the pot of money and that has been the outcome."

'Bull' becomes another FF statistic

Junket king John O'Donoghue became another high-profile casualty of the "anybody but Fianna Fail vote" when he was eliminated shortly before midnight.

O'Donoghue who was forced to resign as Ceann Comhairle in 2009 was excluded on the third count.

If he had not been forced to resign in a welter of controversy over his expenses as minister and Ceann Comhairle he would have been automatically re-elected to the Dail. His elimination leaves the possibility of two Fine Gael seats in Kerry South or alternatively two independents. O'Donoghue was one of the most colourful members of the Dail.

Sunday Independent

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