Clare poll topper Timmy Dooley has hailed the team behind that ensured he enjoyed his third successive General Election victory in the Banner County — the Mountshannon man having been elected on the seventh count in the count that took place in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon on Saturday night.
He was declared elected at 11.15pm by returning officer Pat Wallace having received a transfer of 1,378 votes from party colleague Clare Colleran-Molloy to bring his total vote up to 12,150 as he exceeded the quote by 748.
“For me it’s a very satisfying day for my family, for my friends, for all those who campaigned with me,” he told The Clare People seconds after his election. Deputy Dooley also topped the poll in the 2007 election, the first time he stood in a General Election.
“My team put their lives on hold for the last couple of months and I am eternally grateful to them,” he said. “You couldn’t do it without the dedication of your family, friends and supporters who go out and take the grief on the door, take the plaudits, the rain showers of which there plenty since last November. It’s a great night for them and for all of us,” he added.
Now, the 47-year-old is turning his attention to government — declaring that Fianna Fáil, on the back of the resounding recovery in this election, look to putting the policies they brought into the election campaign into practice. That means government.
“The people have replaced their trust in Fianna Fáil and there’s a burden on all us to try and put together an executive now that will implement policies,” he said. “The people want to see the people who were elected bring forward a suite of policies spread more fairly across the country,” he added.
Fianna Fáil have stated that they won’t go into coalition government with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and in the first flush of his success Deputy Dooley, who was the party’s front bench spokesperson on Transport in the 31st Dáil said that this stance remains firmly in place.
“We will be very clear that the things we said during the course of the campaign around who we would talk to and who we wouldn’t talk to — as far as I’m concerned that stands,” he revealed. “The real responsibility from our point of view is to allow us to try to form a platform that allows us to implement our policies and whatever shape that takes let us wait and see what pans out,” he added.