Thursday 20 June 2019

Great vote for Greens but not quite enough

Margaret Roddy

The Green Wave which swept across the country saw the party increasing its share of the vote in north of the county but it wasn't enough for the part to hold onto its two seats.

Sitting councillor Marieanne Butler got a magnificent result in Dundalk South with 1,497 first preference votes placing her second to the county poll topper Maeve Yore in this hotly contested area.

Eoin Daly, the party's candidate for Dundalk Carlingford missed out on the last seat, getting an extremely creditable 1108 first preference votes on his first outing.

However, at the end of the day, the party suffered the pity loss of a seat at a time when colleagues around the country were celebrating electoral success.

Cllr Marianne Butler was clearly thrilled to have held onto her seat in such a comprehensive manner. 'I knew it was going to be more competitive this time as there were eight sitting candidates going for seven seats and I wasn't taking anything for granted,' she said.

'It was a big undertaking and overall I'm delighted at how our vote increased in the county,' she continued.

'Even though we only had candidates in three electoral areas, he doubled our vote.' This, she said, gave them a solid base to build on over the next five years and for the next General Election.

'I'm delighted for Saoirse McHugh as well on being elected to the European parliament.' Mark Dearey, who stepped down after 15 years as a councillor, commented: 'There is a great bounce for the party around the county but it hasn't happened here.'

He believed that because the Green Party had a presence in north Louth for so long they were seen as politicians and not as something new on the scene as had happened in other parts. He paid tribute to Cllr Butler, saying' Marianne did extremely well and it's a real testament to her and the graft she put in during her ten years on the Council.

While he had always enjoyed a great personal vote, he noted that Eoin Daly had increased the party's share of the first preference votes by over one per cent, but because it was such a small field he was unable to benefit from transfers to get him over the line to take the seat for the Greens.

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