Ó Ríordáin surprise win in Euro election

by Gazette Reporter
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The Labour Party was celebrating a truly unexpected electoral success when the capabilities of Dail deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin were recognised by the electorate who voted him in for the fourth and final seat in the Dublin European constituency.

He joins up with Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews, Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty abd Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan as the Dublin team in Brussels for the next five years.

Sitting MEP Andrews was delighted to be a poll-topper for the first time since he ran at local election two decades ago. “I am very excited to start the work in Brussels. I have a very positive mandate now from the people of Dublin to do the work. Hugely relieved. We waited a few days but I waited eight months the last time so it was really brilliant.

“I want to thank all the people in the count centre for their patience and their professionalism for carrying out the count. It’s a very arduous task but they did it brilliantly and their communication was fantastic. I am really grateful to them.
We ran a positive pro-EU campaign.”

Two sitting  parliament members who were disappointed with the outcome were Green Party MEP Ciaran Cuffe and  Clare Daly, who surprisingly failed top mount a challenge this time around after failing to recover from a poor first count showing.

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