The son of the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey has made a return from the political wilderness taking a seat in Dublin City Council but the ex junior minister says he is not part of any dynasty.
Sean Haughey (52) came in second in the area of Clontarf on 2,440 votes claiming a seat for Fianna Fail in the capital’s chamber, as did his running-mate Deirdre Heaney.
Mr Haughey, who was forced to retreat from political life in 2011 after losing his Dail seat during the Fianna Fail wipeout, told
“I’m really happy with the result so it’s a really good result and I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.
However, asked if a seat in the Dail is next on his horizon he said it was not a priority at the moment.
“I haven’t really given any consideration to that but I have had time to think over the last three years and I decided that I still had a contribution to make to Dublin City Council,” said Mr Haughey.
The former junior minister for education believes he is starting afresh leaving his family ties and the old Fianna Fail guard behind him.
“I don’t like the term dynasty I feel that now I’ve gotten a fresh mandate from the people in 2014 I’m looking forward and I don’t consider myself as part of the old guard,” stated Mr Haughey.
However, the Fianna Fail candidate was beaten in Clontarf by more than 1,500 first preference votes, as independent councillor Damian O’Farrell stormed home with a whopping 3,926 votes in the first count there. Mr O’Farrell received the most votes of all of the newly-elected Dublin city councillors. Other poll-toppers included Sinn Fein’s Chris Andrews in Pembroke South Dock who was elected in the first count with 2,081 votes.
Dublin City Council stalwart, independent councillor Mannix Flynn also got in early in this ward.
A tight race emerged in the Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn’s ward of Rathmines Rathgar with no one being elected until the third count. Political debutant, Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell was first past the post here.
In Crumlin Kimmage Fianna Fail’s Catherine Ardagh won a seat following in the footsteps of her father, former TD Sean Ardagh.
And last night it looked liked Sinn Fein was going to have the most seats in the council at approximately 18 seats but the party will need to form a coalition in order to make the majority of 32.
The independents make the strongest group after Sinn Fein.
Elected independents that look likely to enter negotiations with Sinn Fein include north inner city councillors Christy Burke and Nial Ring, who came home second and third respectively in that highly competitive ward.
The next lord mayor will be voted on June 6.