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Moynihan machine wins in Macroom

Local elections 2019


The Moynihan machine rolled into County Hall for the Macroom count and did the task that they came to do.

Despite a marathon wait, the tallies boded well earlier on in the day for the first time runner, Gobnait Moynihan, a sister to the sitting poll topper TD, Aindrias.

The tallies had placed Gobnait who was co-opted to her brother's council seat when elected to the Dail at the last general election at 2,574. Finally, when the first count was called at 10.59pm, a beaming Gobnait beat the tallies and got 2,665 first preference votes. 

As the quota was 2,474, a clearly delighted Gobnait was duly elected and was swamped with shouts from the party faithful. 

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She told The Corkman that she was "delighted and absolutely thrilled" at the result.

"It has been a mighty day for Fianna Fail, it's been absolutely mighty," said Gobnait. 

When asked how she found knocking on the doors to get a vote for herself this time as opposed for her brother, Aindrias, she said that she was well seasoned at campaigning  and found it "great but a hard and long canvas."

"I had a great team around me. I would have been absolutely lost without them. I started campaigning at the end of January so it has been going on for ages," she said. 

"I was concentrating around Macroom and I shared the area with Michael Looney," she said. 

Gobnait concentrated her campaign around the regions of Macroom, Kilmichael, Tooms, the Gaeltacht area, Millstreet and Ballydaly. 

"It really is a brilliant day and a brilliant win," she said. 

When asked if it helped that her brother, Aindrias as a sitting TD was a great help along with giving advice,  Gobnait readily agreed. 

"There is a fierce family of us there and a fierce team of Fianna Failers down throughout the years and a great team there and this was a mission for the entire team," she said. 

And what issues kept propping up at the doorstep?  "Roads, broadband and social welfare came up as well and a sense of frustration that rural Ireland is kind of being forgotten," she said.