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And Then There Were Six


And so the long, long weekend is finally over, the 8th and final count on Sunday evening in Greystones’ local elections taking us down the Sacred Six… 

It hasn’t been an election of too many shocks, but, people are definitely surprised to see Sinn Fein councillor Nicola Lawless lose her seat, and not all that surprised to see the Green Party’s Lourda Scott doing so well. 

The other distinct changing of the guard happened at the 11th hour, Independent newbie Mags Crean taking a winning leap on that very last count, from 7th to 5th place.

Jumping back to Sunday, 3.20am, and with 9,807 votes counted, and 1,402 being the quota needed, Jennifer Whitmore was the first to be officially elected, scoring a hearty 1,920 votes.

First past the post. That’s what you get for being a community busy body. And for being part of a party that no one has any strong feelings against, or about.

Next up for a rosette, with 1,453 votes, it was veteran Independent Tom Fortune, elected on the second count Sunday morning – once all the cards with bite marks kicked in – followed by Green Party candidate Lourda Scott, elected on the 7th count with 1,613 votes

Not too far behind, another veteran, Fianna Fail’s Gerry Walsh, with 1,348 votes, thanks to a late boost from the excluded running mate, Elaine Willis

Another veteran who did well on the long night of the short knives was Derek Mitchell, with 1,274 votes, but Independent newbie Mags Crean leapfrogged into 5th place, with 1,308 votes. Cruelly just pushed out on the last count was Fine Gael’s new candidate, Alice O’Donnell, with 1,200 votes.

So, not an entirely new dawn for Greystones’ political landscape, but the huge support for The Green Party and the election of fiery independent Mags Crean would suggest quite a few people around here are tired of the old politics.

Out of an electorate of 18,414, there were 9,807 valid votes and 158 spoiled votes, with turnout being 51.4%. The other 48.6% being too busy ranting online about the feckin’ state of the place.

So, congrats to Whitmore, Fortune, Scott, Walsh, Mitchell and Crean. We look forward to a brighter, greener, shinier, safer, smoother, happier and richer life under your wise leadership.

You can check out John McGowan’s pics from the whole weekend here

11 Comments

  1. Jimmy says:

    Stupid comment in relation to the function of local councils. The waste the citizens taxes eg on ego trips abroad that have no benefit to the area they represent they are mostly useless and talk bullshit, and make promise s they never keep

  2. John says:

    Jimmy.
    Name 6 people you would be happy to fill the seats for the Greystones area

    • Jimmy says:

      Governments are criminal organizations they take in some cases half your salary. in direct taxes and nearly the rest in indirect taxes, they restrict your freedoms they spy on you, all the while looking after their huge salaries expenses,and golden pensions some at 50 years of age eg Cowen 150k pa while the ordinary citizen has to wait until 67 for 12k some more equal than others in Ireland animal farm

      • Jimmy says:

        No just do the job they are paid to do that is to look after the. Interests of the citizens that elect them not their own political ambitions to get on the gravy train to the goldmine Leinster house.

    • Jimmy says:

      They do not live in Greystones so they would not be eligible to stand.

  3. Noel Quinn says:

    If you feel so strongly why not stand for election yourself. It’s not as easy as being a keyboard warrior, but give it a go.

    • Jimmy says:

      I want to smash the cosy consensus that prevails between the political classes in this so called Republic not perpetuate it. I have seen over my life time at elections promises to fulfil all their literature promises but it never happens. I did many moons ago stand for council elections but was unsuccessful, I think the reason was my politics was to radical for the sheeple
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  4. Jimmy says:

    New puppets have joined the old puppets in the council chambers. The status quo will prevail and they will do what their masters tell them. Do not expect any major changes in your area, most of our property and road taxes will be diverted to other areas the rest will go to paying the puppets salaries and expenses

    • Andy says:

      Let me guess: You want the Council to do more about 5G and the impending alien invasion?

      • Jimmy says:

        No just do the job they are paid to do that is to look after the. Interests of the citizens that elect them not their own political ambitions to get on the gravy train to the goldmine Leinster house.

      • Jimmy says:

        No just do the job they are paid to do that is to look after the. Interests of the citizens that elect them not their own political ambitions to get on the gravy train to the goldmine Leinster house.

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