By Ronan Dodd
FOR the first time since 1927, Fianna Fail will have no TD in Tipperary North following the failure of Deputy Maire Hoctor to hold on to the seat she won in the constituency in 2002 and 2007.
The day may have belonged to Deputy Michael Lowry, who headed the poll with a whopping 14,104 first preferences, one of the highest in the country, but when the history books are written they will record that the three TDs heading to the 31st Dail were Deputy Lowry, Independent; Deputy Noel Coonan, Fine Gael, and Deputy Alan Kelly, Labour.
Deputy Hoctor managed to hold on to the vote she garnered in 2007, but it was not enough and she was always that little bit too far behind Kelly to make any progress. The party had around 33 per cent of the vote last time out, and but for the spectacular collapse at national level, she may have kept her seat.
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