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McCarthy has some good news for Labour

LABOUR may have been decimated throughout Dublin but there was at least one bright spot in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown where Lettie McCarthy was re-elected.

Ms McCarthy (below) topped the vote in the Glencullen-Sandyford ward and after a decade on the council will continue for at least another term. She came in with 1,577 first preference votes - more than 400 ahead of her nearest rival, Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond.

Overall though Fine Gael will be the dominant party on the council, followed by Fianna Fail and Labour.

Sinn Fein’s strong showing across the country did not carry into Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown where they secured just two seats along with the Green Party.

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In the Dun Laoghaire ward, Fine Gael were by far the strongest party. John Bailey topped the poll with nearly double the number of first preferences of his closest challenger - Fianna Fail’s Cormac Devlin. Three Fine Gael councillors were returned by Dundrum - the only party to secure more than one seat.

In Stillorgan, FG’s Barry Saul and Josepha Madigan shared more than 35pc of first preferences to top the poll, followed by Fianna Fail’s Garry Horkan. Independent Deirdre Donnelly and Liam Dockery (FF) were newly elected while Labour’s Richard Humphrey’s squeezed back in.

People Before Profit’s Hugh Lewis led the poll in Killiney-Shankhill with 14pc of first preferences. SF’s Shane O’Brien was newly elected in second, along with FF’s Jennifer Cuffe. Carrie Smyth and Denis O’Callaghan (both Labour) were retained, as was FG’s Maria Bailey.

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