Election day stress ... I tidy the house and clean the car
Like any politician the day of an election count is nervous and tense for all candidates, and the 2011 general election count was no different for Eamon Gilmore
We wait, like a student waiting for exam results, or a litigant counting down the hours while the jury deliberates. The adrenaline has abated after the intensity of a three-or four-week campaign. Now, the truth tumbles unstoppably from the count centre ballot boxes. There is nothing to do but wait.
Between local and general elections, I have been through ten of these mornings. Candidates have different coping mechanisms.
Mine is to busy myself with domestic chores: cleaning out my car, tidying the house, visiting the recycling centre with the detritus of the campaign and shopping for the makings of a post-count get-together with my team later that night or in the early hours of the following morning.