Kiernan says everyone should contest election
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!’