Byrne glad to see Green Party back on political landscape
FOR Green Party candidate Niall Byrne it was down to the wire for the last seat but unfortunately he was at home babysitting and missed much of the count.
With a first preference vote of 304 he remained in the race until the final count when the final two seats were won by Fianna Fáil's Gerry Walsh and Sinn Féin's Nicola Lawless.
'I'd loved to have won a seat for the Green Party', he said. But he admitted that from the outset the prospect was unlikely. He would have had to have a perfect storm situation to see him past the post and the Delgany man knew in his heart of hearts perfect storms are as rare as hen's teeth.
But he said securing a seat for the Green Party in the Bray electoral area was a massive boost for the party which had been written off three years ago.
'We are doing very well nationally and in Wicklow too. We are hoping to get the number of councillors elected nationwide into double figures.'
He thanked everyone who had voted for him saying he 'was delighted to see the Green Party back' on the Irish political landscape 'even if I'm not.
'My vote has increased which augers well for the Green Party.'
'I want to thank my family and all who supported me and who voted Green. I'm very, very grateful and I've no doubt that I will run again.'
Byrne who teaches in Blackrock attended the count centre with his two daughters but admitted he couldn't stay as he was babysitting because his wife was working.