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Keating vote ‘climbed like a 747’

ELECTED for another five years late this evening, Fine Gael’s Gabriel Keating said his vote climbed during the day like a jumbo jet. He said he was always confident. “I had the work done and I felt it would come right. My vote this morning was low, it was two or three hundred behind some of the lads that I thought would get there, but it climbed and climbed and climbed.” It was a very different campaign to 2009, he claimed. “It was a different campaign because five years ago I was really taking the seat that had been held by Madeline Taylor Quinn. This time we had two candidates, an ex Fine Gael and a Fine Gael candidate from Kilrush. But I had great support, great canvassers with me. “As the day went on I was climbing, it (his vote) was like a 747 going up all the time,” he added.  

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From the altar to the polling station

Almost immediately after marrying Jason Ryan in Ballyea church on Friday, Maureen Lillis sprinted to the nearby primary school to cast her vote in the 2014 Local and European Elections. [doptg id=”12″]The couple live and work in Sydney, where Maureen is employed as a quantity surveyor, while Jason works as an engineer. Maureen, whose family are sixth-generation Ballyea, is currently helping to build a tunnel under Sydney Opera House. As for her political leanings, Maureen confessed to The Clare Champion that she is not a fanatic. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not but because everyone is getting all excited, I have to get my vote in. We both come from big families and they are getting very excited after hearing we were coming down to vote,” she laughed. “It’s a bit of fun and it’s nice to vote. But, unfortunately, we’re not going to be here to see how things are run because we’ll be back in Australia. We’re …

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