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Kilrush poll topper Dinny Gould surprised at his success

Cree native, Dinny Gould (IND) who was the first councillor to be elected in the Kilrush Local Electoral Area said he did not expect he would top the poll. Dinny Gould took 1863 votes in the seventh count after he picked up 143 transfers from Fine Gael’s Therese Doohan thus reaching the quota required of 1817 votes. Speaking to The Clare Champion following his victory at the count centre in Ennis, Mr Gould said he didn’t ever think he would come in first and even thought he might have been fighting for the last seat. “I am grateful to all the people who stood by me, and all the people who canvassed. I got a great vote, and you know everyone stood behind me – my own parish especially. He said the secret to his success was he is fairly well known throughout the region and wider county on account of his bookmaking business. He also attributed his achievement to …

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Cllr McInerney widely expected to top the poll in Kilrush

Cllr Rita McInerney who is widely expected to top the poll in Kilrush today has attributed part of her vote- getting success to her Fianna Fáil family, and the team that surrounds her. Reacting to her top position in yesterday’s tallies, she said ‘”I am very optimistic, very delighted, shocked really and very surprised at the tallies so far. Transfers will pay a part especially the lowest candidates on the tallies might not necessarily transfer to me so it will all depend.” “It was very much a team effort. I had people in all corners of the constituency mainly from the party, mainly from Fianna Fáil. It was the Fianna Fáil network. I don’t come from a huge family so the wider Fianna Fáil family paid a huge part definitely. Community people in lots of different places which was key.” She also paid tribute to her campaign manager, Pat Considine who she said is well known on very doorstep which …

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Current councillors holding their own in Kilrush first tally

The first result from a Kilrush local electoral area tally area suggest current councillors are holding their own overall, and in their respective home areas. The tally issued in the past hour reveals two current sitting Fianna Fail councillors out front with Cllr Rita McInerney (FF) on 1,008 first preference votes. Significantly, she polled strongly on her home ground of Doonbeg polling a considerable 419 votes – over double that of Dinny Gould (Ind) who polled 191 there. Cllr McInerney was co-opted to the council in January by retiring councillor Bill Chambers. Cllr McInerney is followed by her party colleague, Cllr Cillian Murphy on 777 votes picking up 249 votes and 176 at the two Kilkee NS boxes. However, independent candidates are next strongest in the local electoral area with Cree’s Dinny Gould (Ind) on 747 (191 first preferences gained from his home village) and An Cathaoirleach for West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Ian Lynch on 756. Cllr Lynch picked …

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No birthday ‘miracle’ for Kennedy

Gerard Kennedy (FG) didn’t get the birthday present he was hoping for today after a recount of the West Clare electoral area saw him eliminated. Mr Kennedy requested the recount after he was eliminated on the fifth vote with just six votes separating him from Fianna Fáil’s Pat Keane. “The advice I got was that it was worth having a recount because at that stage we didn’t know what the story was. I was always under pressure in the position I was in because so many of the candidates around me were all from the Southern end of the constituency so I was unlikely to pick up any transfers,” he told the ‘Champion. Yesterday (Saturday) it looked like Mr Kennedy had polled much worse than his 1,010 first preferences. Tallies showed him more than 200 below this. “I was very disappointed because I thought that 780 was a poor enough reflection on what we had done on the canvas, and …

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Curtin elected to West Clare on first count

For the fifth time, Independent Christy Curtin has topped the poll in his electoral area. He was elected on the first count with 42 votes to spare. He gathered 1,938 votes in the new constituency which includes much of the old Ennistymon Electoral Area. According to Christy, the change in boundary made a considerable difference. “The change in boundary definitely benefitted me. I am strategically located in Miltown Malbay and I worked in Kilmihil for almost 30 years, I started my career in Ennistymon but I am located well geographically and the demographic suited me,” he said. The change brought Miltown Malbay, his home, back into the electoral area in which he was standing. “I was extremely nervous. I was back again in my own home town after 22 years and there was a strong candidate there already and for that reason I felt nervous, but they did not let me down, they stood by me,” he said. Councillor Curtin …

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