Kier­nan says ev­ery­one should con­test elec­tion

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

LATE­COMER TO THE RACE ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lor and re­tired garda sergeant Donal Kier­nan said he was ‘de­lighted' with his per­for­mance.

He got a first pref­er­ence vote of 403 votes and was elim­i­nated at the end of the tenth count on Sun­day with a fi­nal vote of 472.

‘I am de­lighted and I think ev­ery­one should do it (con­test an elec­tion). It is a tremen­dous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and it gives a dif­fer­ent in­sight into how democ­racy and an elec­tion work.

‘I was think­ing this morn­ing (Sun­day) of places like Libya, Egypt and Africa where they don't get this. I have friends in China and they don't get to vote ei­ther or if they do they are told who to vote for. I am re­ally happy and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sup- port from the peo­ple who voted for me. I did far bet­ter than I ex­pected for an un­known com­ing late to the race.’

Far from be­ing de­terred from po­lit­i­cal life Donal said, ‘ Would I do it again in five years? I might. It is also great to see the num­ber of young peo­ple out vot­ing. I am a great be­liever in democ­racy and this elec­tion and the num­ber of can­di­dates is a tes­ti­mony on the value of democ­racy.'

Donal who re­mained at the count on Sun­day long af­ter he was elim­i­nated said, ‘Once I start some­thing I must fin­ish it and see it through to the end.' Al­though out of the run­ning for a Dáil seat Donal said, ‘ The lo­cal elec­tion is prob­a­bly some­thing I will look at, so watch this space!’

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