fORMER Green TD Paul Gogarty is once again a public representative.
Gogarty (left) was a member of the Dail from 2002 to 2011 and his defeat in the Green party wipeout in the last general election could have signalled an end to his political career.
He returns to political office not as a Green but as an independent councillor for Lucan where he first entered politics as a campaigner in 1999.
As a member of the Dail he repeatedly called for pay cuts for TDs and senators. In one memorable outburst, he compared a 13pc pay rise which TDs awarded themselves as “a urination” on the less well off in Irish society.
South Dublin County Council will have at least seven independent councillors, not counting the two members of People Before Profit Alliance and two members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance, making a phlanx of up to a dozen council members who are not in the established parties.
There is one Green party councillor, Francis Duffy, on the new council.
The make-up of the new council will change the political landscape.
More than two dozen councillors will be on the left-wing end of the spectrum, including at least ten Sinn Fein councillors, which will be more than double the total presence of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail members.
A leading Sinn Fein figure will be councillor Cathal King who received almost two and a half quotas in the first count in Tallaght South. People Before Profit Aliiance had two members elected to the local authority.