For­tune feels let down af­ter ‘Tro­jan’ work

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

KIL­COOLE'S Tom For­tune laid the blame for his fail­ure to se­cure a seat in the 31st Dáil firmly at the feet of his own parish and com­mu­nity.

Be­fore Sun­day's re­count was called Tom For­tune said, ‘I still don't think it's over,' de­spite trail­ing be­hind run­ning mate Anne Fer­ris by some 2,000 votes.

‘I still don't think it is over. There is a mas­sive amount of trans­fers to be dis­trib­uted and if I am able to keep above Fianna Fáil and Joe Be­han it could hap­pen. The trans­fers are go­ing all over the place.’

How­ever, af­ter his elim­i­na­tion on Mon­day night For­tune said he was ex­cep­tion­ally dis­ap­pointed with his lo­cal vote.

‘I didn't get a great vote in Kil­coole or New­town which I find ter­ri­bly dis­ap­point­ing in light of all the work I have done and it is mas­sive but that's the way pol­i­tics works some­times. I have done Tro­jan work in Kil­coole. There was noth­ing done in Kil­coole un­til I got elected in 2004 so I feel a bit let down.

So where did it all go wrong? ‘ The sim­ple an­swer is I hon­estly don't know. I am stunned. I don't un­der­stand why I didn't get it (the Kil­coole vote). It couldn't be be­cause of a lack of work be­cause I have helped hun­dreds of peo­ple over the last six years.

‘But this is not go­ing to af­fect me. I am big­ger than this. I have a lot to of­fer and I will be of­fer­ing it to some­thing. I was a bit sur­prised by the way the com­mu­nity voted.'

Tom said that if he were ad­vis­ing the Labour Party he would not ad­vise them to go into gov­ern­ment with Fine Gael and would in­stead ad­vise them to go into op­po­si­tion.

Al­though the three Labour can­di­dates polled lit­tle more than a quota be­tween the three of them Tom said the Labour vote was up from 2007.

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