Fine Gael have returned their two seats in Clare with Pat Breen and Joe Carey elected to the thirty second Dáil.
The duo were elected without reaching the quota finishing with 10088 and 9915 votes respectively. Fianna Fáil’s Malty McDonagh finished in fifth over two thousand votes behind Joe Carey and the lack of transfers picked up by the Miltown Malbay man proved decisive.
Speaking at The Falls Hotel, Joe Carey said “They save the best wine till last.. I was written off by many pundits but not the people”. The Clarecastle man was driven on by many people writing him off in the course of this election. “Winning two seats in Clare is a huge achievement, don’t ever underestimate the Carey’s”.
Returning TD Pat Breen is thrilled that he and Joe Carey will be joined by a doctor to help them with the stress. “The four TD’s that are elected will work extremely to hard to send the benefits of the return of the economy to Co Clare. The foundations have been laid to move this County forward and we have the four TD’s to do that”. Breen pays tribute to Michael McNamara who lost out.
Michael Harty stated that he will do his best for everyone in Clare regardless of who they voted for. “I pledge to serve them as a candidate for all the people and to serve them to the best of my ability”.
Despite coming closest than any other candidate to a seat, Malty McDonagh remained upbeat. “It was a life learning experience for me. What will be will be”. The former Clare GAA Chairperson is determined to come back in the next election. “I plan to be on the party ticket the next time around”.
Returning Officer Patrick Wallace praised all the counting staff and all at The Falls Hotel. Wallace says it’s a strong possibility that the count will return to Ennistymon in the future.