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Lord Mayor biggest casualty but he’s planning a return

THE Lord Mayor of Dublin was the biggest casualty for the Labour party which was decimated by the Dublin electorate.

However, Oisin Quinn indicated he will allow his name go before the electorate again as the government parties took a hammering.

“People perceived that the Lord Mayor as safe,” Mr Quinn told

“That’s certainly what I was getting on the door, you’re fine Oisin,’ and I probably wasn’t on the door as much as I would normally be, doing Lord Mayor activity, but I’m not complaining about that at all.

“In general terms my mood after this defeat is I still have an appetite to work again in elected politics.

“I will remain active at a local level in Rathmines and Rathgar and as a party we will gradually make plans for the general election,” he said.

“On a personal level no one wants to lose his seat but politics has ups and downs in it.

“You know that’s the 
way politics goes when the wind is behind your party you get washed up on the beach and elected and 
then when the tide goes out you struggle,” Mr Quinn added.

Fine Gael emerged afloat and have a lot to reflect on ahead of the next general election.

The cult of celebrity barely appealed to voters with Olympic boxer Kenny Egan just getting home on the eight count in Clondalkin without reaching the quota.

“I’m just so happy you know. It’s been a long three months knocking on doors, and it’s been an experience,” he said after his election.

“I think I’ll make a difference to the youth. That’s what I’ve always targeted straight from the start.”

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who championed the boxer’s campaign, said important work had to be done in South Dublin County Council.

“We all work together as a team, we’ve a strong team in the constituency. It’s a very good result for us today to have our two in Clondalkin and two in Lucan.

“These are mid-term elections. They are challenging, given the state the country had been in, given the economic situation and the difficult decisions that have to be taken.”

Independent candidates made massive strides in the local elections.

Dublin’s most popular councillor is Damian O’Farrell in Clontarf who received the most first preference votes of all the newly-elected councillors with 3,926 votes.

“I think the electorate has recognised that there’s a serious disconnect between the main political parties and the people,” he said.

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