'We targeted their vote – and it worked'
DIRECT Democracy Ireland candidate Ben Gilroy shocked Labour by pushing their candidate into fifth place. The Dublin-born businessman was the surprise package of the Meath East by-election, polling 6.5pc of the vote and finishing in fourth place ahead of Labour's Eoin Holmes.
"Our strategy here was to target the Labour vote and we have done that successfully," he said.
Mr Gilroy, who used to run a home electronics installation business in Navan, said voters in Meath East were disillusioned with the established parties.
He said seven people had refused to open their doors when they were canvassing an estate in Dunshaughlin.
"They rang back later – four of them thought we were from established parties and three of them thought we were debt collectors," he said.
Direct Democracy Ireland was founded last November with a pledge to allow voters to recall any elected TD if they were not happy with their performance.
Mr Gilroy said he had spent €3,000 on his campaign, and would now be planning his party's next move.