Photograph by Natasha Barton
Photograph by Natasha Barton

A marathon Clare General Election count drew to a close in Falls Hotel
just after 12.30pm this Sunday with two Fine Gael and government TDs in
Deputy Pat Breen and Deputy Joe Carey being deemed elected without
reaching the quota.
After the 12th count both men were raised into the air by their
supporters as they retained their Dáil seats — Deputy Breen winning
his fourth successive election that now puts him of course to be the
longest serving Fine Gael TD ever in the county if a new government
manages to last a five-year term.
Deputy Breen received 1,799 votes in the 12th count that saw the
distribution of Michael McNamara’s votes, bringing him up to 10,888
votes and securing his election. Meanwhile, Deputy Carey, who was
first elected in 2007, received 1,984 votes to bring him up to 9,915.
The quota stood at 11,401, with Deputy Breen 513 short of the quota
and Deputy Carey was 1,586 short of the quota.
These haul of votes eliminated Fianna Fáil candidate Michael ‘Malty’
McDonagh and ensured that three of the outgoing TDs were returned to
the 32nd Dáil — the one to lose out as Labour TD, Deputy Michael
McNamara.
The order of the TDs being elected was: Deputy Timmy Dooley (FF),
Deputy Michael Harty (Ind), Deputy Pat Breen (FG) and Deputy Joe Carey
(FG)
In his election speech, Deputy Carey specifically heaped praise on The
Clare Champion newspaper that showed him to be on course to lose his
Dáil seat in an opinion poll published eight days before people cast
their votes.
“I’d like to thank The Clare Champion,” he said. “We’re some family he
said, my brother Dónal, my sister Leonora and my father Dónal, what
can I see about him, he’s a great man,” added the Clarecastle man.
“I feel like and elder statesman of the Dáil for Clare,” said Deputy
Pat Breen, “but I am young at heart and I want to thank the people of
Clare for putting their trust in me for another term,” added the
Ballynacally man.
Meanwhile, the final defeated candidate told The Clare People that he
will be back to contest more General Elections. “I am in it for the
long haul,” he said. “Beidh lá eile, I can assure you that and I will
now go away and work harder to build my profile and come again and be
ready when another election comes around,” he added.

Photograph by Natasha Barton
Photograph by Natasha Barton

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