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Thursday 18 October 2018

Seat for FGs Alan- after 4 week canvass!

WITHIN seconds of his sensational election to Fingal County Council in the Malahide ward, the phone of newcomer Alan Farrell was ringing. And its unlikely to stop ringing for Fine Gaels newest public representative, who was a late entrant into the Local Elections race.Within 24 hours, however, the 26-year-old Malahide man looked like he was already settling into

By Fergal Maddock

WITHIN seconds of his sensational election to Fingal County Council in the Malahide ward, the phone of newcomer Alan Farrell was ringing.

And it’s unlikely to stop ringing for Fine Gael’s newest public representative, who was a late entrant into the Local Elections race.

Within 24 hours, however, the 26-year-old Malahide man looked like he was already settling into his new role as he stood behind party leader Enda Kenny on his arrival to the European Count in the RDS.

But on Saturday evening, it was the stuff of dreams.

Despite being in second last place after the first count, excellent transferring of running mate Paul Cuddy’s vote and then from the PDs Nicola Byrne, saw him edge ahead of Fianna Fáil’s Barbara Foley, and take the fourth and final seat in the Malahide ward.

Running a four-week campaign was always going to be a risky business but in a ward as wide open as Malahide, there was always going to be chance. And so it proved.

Farrell approached newly elected Balbriggan Town Councillor Sean Brown back in February about getting involved in local politics and he put him in touch with Nora Owen and Stephen McCullen.

And the rest as they say is history.

On his election, Farrell put his success down to ‘hard work and a fantastic team’, adding that it was a ‘wonderful opportunity to serve the community’.

‘I didn’t have any negative encounters on the door. I enjoyed getting out there and listening to what people had to say,’ he said.

‘It is a phenomenal achievement,’ he stated, as Farrell was mobbed by family, friends and party supporters, overjoyed at the young man’s amazing feat.

And he was quick to thank the party faithful like former Minister Nora Owen, Stephen McCullen and Brian Murphy.

He also thanked FG member, Portmarnock man Neil Atkins whose words of advice to Farrell were ‘Be handled’. ‘I am hugely grateful to himself and to all who helped me,’ he added.

Farrell found that rezoning was a huge issue on the doors, with the majority of residents of Seabury concerned about losing the Green Belt between Malahide and Swords.

He added that this was a big issue all over the ward, including Portmarnock.



So Farrell, somewhat similar to Sean Dolphin only five years ago, sets out on a brave new world where the phone never stops ringing.

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