Friday 6 December 2019

Former mayor spent most on campaign


Cllr Alan Farrell was the highest spender in the newly-amalgamated HowthMalahide ward.
Cllr Alan Farrell was the highest spender in the newly-amalgamated HowthMalahide ward.


FORMER Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Alan Farrell, was the highest spender in the newlyamalgamated HowthMalahide ward, totalling some € 13,923.

Cllr Farrell, who polled 2,739 first-preference votes, spent € 11,086 of his own finance, receiving the remaining € 2,836 from other sources and he shelled out a total of € 7,997 on leaflets and literature, the highest in the ward.

First-time Fianna Fáil candidate, Averil Power, had the next highest figure on € 12,840, of which € 11,330 came from other funding and € 4,675 going on posters alone.

Her party colleague, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, retained his seat after forking out € 10,765, the third highest total, of which € 9,500 came from elsewhere, with € 6,879 spent on election posters.

Labour's Cian O'Callaghan, who was elected for the first time, spent some € 10,593 on his campaign, € 6,009 of which was from other sources, with € 7,466 going on election leaflets and posters.


Independent Jimmy Guerin was the next biggest spender, also hitting five figures on € 10,270, € 7,170 of which was from his own finances, just ahead of Fine Gael's Cllr Joan Maher, who retained her seat with an expenditure of € 9,756.

The Green Party's David Healy spent € 8,305 on what turned out to be an unsuccessful campaign, while his party colleague, Robbie Kelly, fared no better, losing his seat despite spending € 8,166, with € 4,666 coming from his own funds.

Senior Solidarity candidate John Wolfe's campaign cost € 6,354, € 5,354 coming from donations, while polltopper Cllr Peter Coyle of Labour, spent just € 4,175, with € 1,794 going on publicity and advertising and € 1,870 on posters.

The Socialist Party's Brian Greene spent € 3,346 on his campaign, while Sinn Féin's Colm O' Murchadha shelled out € 2,764, just ahead of Independent Eamonn McKiernan, who spent € 2,500. And another two non-party runners spent the least in the ward, with John Seery (€2,300) and Pat Joyce (€ 1,223) completing the line-up.