Thursday 20 June 2019

Emma relieved to keep seat

Emma Coffey and Liam Reilly celebrate their election
Emma Coffey and Liam Reilly celebrate their election

Fianna Fail's Emma Coffey had a nervous wait to final count to see if she would retain her seat in Dundalk South.

A delighted Cllr Coffey said she was 'really privileged' to hold the seat in her first outing at the local elections. She had previously contested the 2016 General Election when she was a running mate with Deputy Declan Breathnach, and was co-opted onto Louth County Council in his place.

'I was co-opted three years ago so to have won the seat in my own right, on my own merit is really great. I feel really proud and privileged to have done that.'

She polled 760 first preference votes and admitted:'I thought at one stage that I wouldn't get elected.'

'It's been a long campaign and I've been out canvassing since the first weekend in February.'

She noted that there had been a low turnout in the election, less half of the electorate, so that meant that every vote counted.

Coffey said that being elected meant a lot to her as her family was steeped in politics and she she felt privileged to continue that tradition.

'My great grandmother Bridget Coffey started the first cumann for Fianna Fail in this area, and the last Coffey to sit on Dundalk Urban District Council was my granduncle Paddy so it's nice to continue that traditional.'

'My father also attempted to be elected when he stood for the Workers Party in 1975.'

The Argus