Relieved to win a seat was the reaction of outgoing Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly after he took the fifth seat in a tough election battle in Tipperary.
The deputy Labour Party leader told the Tipperary Star it was a very tough election for him because of the amount of votes that went into Offaly.
“They are literally right beside me - a quarter-of-a-mile up the road from my office is Offaly. So to win a seat, I am mightily relieved. I’m thrilled for the people who supported me and backed me all this time,” he said.
Taking just 10 per cent of the first preference vote, with the bulk of it coming from around the Nenagh electoral area where he picked up 35 per cent of first preferences, Deputy Kelly pointed out that he got as much as 50 per cent of the vote in Ballina and Newport as well as a “scattering of votes as far away as Carrick-on-Suir thanks to Denis Landy’s work and other areas as well”.
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