Kelly out for the count in round 10

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 - MYLES BUCHANAN

CLLR. NICKY KELLY’S hopes of a Dáil seat evap­o­rated at count 10 but the for­mer Labour man re­fused to be down­beat even though he failed to match the re­sults of pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion cam­paigns.

Run­ning on an In­de­pen­dent ticket hav­ing en­tered the race late, Cllr. Kelly re­ceived 549 votes over­all, in­clud­ing 518 first pref­er­ence votes.

The num­ber of can­di­dates run­ning this year in Wick­low meant the votes were more spread out than in pre­vi­ous years, but in 2002 he man­aged over 6,500 first pref­er­ence votes and close to 4,000 in 2007.

Speak­ing af­ter his elim­i­na­tion on Sun­day he said he re­spected the will of the elec­torate.

‘First of all the peo­ple have spo­ken. You win some and you lose some and I re­spect that. I ex­tend my congratulations to the can­di­dates who have had suc­cess and my sym­pa­thy to those who haven’t.’

Fine Gael’s strong show­ing also didn’t come as a sur­prise, with many vot­ers stat­ing well in ad­vance of Fri­day their in­ten­tion to vote for Enda Kenny’s party.

‘In some of the hous­ing es­tates in Wick­low you heard peo­ple telling you they were go­ing to vote Fine Gael,’ says Cllr. Kelly.

‘They ei­ther wanted a s ing le party Gov­ern­ment or they wanted a very strong Fine Gael pres­ence in the next Gov­ern­ment. Fine Gael’s show­ing in the re­sults didn’t come as a shock judg­ing by what peo­ple had to say on their doorsteps.’

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