The rebirth of Fianna Fáil in Clare from an historic low of just 22 per cent of the first preference vote in Clare in 2011 has begun in earnest, the party’s standardbearer in Clare Deputy Timmy Dooley has told The Clare People.

Speaking on his arrival at the General Election count centre in Ennistymon, the TD of nine years said that the party was in with a fighting chance of reclaiming some of its former glory in Clare by winning a second Dáil seat.

The Tulla-based TD told The Clare People that the party’s performance in the county was reflective of the grassroots work that has been put in since 2011, at national level through his role the county’s lone Oireachtas representative and locally through the team of 12 county councillors that were elected in the 2014 local elections.

The tallies showed that Deputy Dooley cam in with 10,059 first preference votes, an increase of over 3,000 from the 2011 election result and 17.85 per cent of the vote in the county. It means that for the second time in three Dáil elections he’s on course for over 10,000 first preferences votes.

And while he acknowledged that running mate Michael ‘Malty’ McDonagh is an underdog to win a second seat for the party in the county, he said that  it was still possible and that the overall percentage of the party of over 31.08 per cent of the first preference vote was a huge endorsement for the work that has been done in the past few years.

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