Kelly out for the count in round 10
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.’