Money gets votes - Mul­vi­hill

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

WICK­LOW TOWN'S Michael Mul­vi­hill didn't ‘mind in the slight­est' that he polled a lowly 196 votes and was elim­i­nated af­ter the fifth count on Satur­day.

‘I don't mind at all, I don't mind in the slight­est', he said when it was clear from the tal­lies that he wasn't at the races.

‘I had it weighed up be­fore and it was ei­ther a win or a loss. There was too many of us in it but I am in­ter­ested to see where the Num­ber 2s go. There is go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple walk­ing out of here cry­ing but I won't be one of them.

‘Money def­i­nitely gets you votes,’ said Michael.

Michael who has spent the last num­ber of weeks try­ing to raise his pro­file said, ‘I'd say I will lose my de­posit un­less there is a mir­a­cle. A lot of peo­ple will be very dis­ap­pointed to­day and look­ing at the vote it seems to be all Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.'

How­ever, de­spite the poor show­ing Michael said he is not draw­ing the line un­der a fur­ther foray into the po­lit­i­cal arena. ‘If you had asked me three days ago I would have said no (I wouldn't do this again) but now I def­i­nitely would. The peo­ple on the doorsteps were re­cep­tive and I feel that peo­ple were truth­ful when they told me which way they were go­ing to vote.'

Michael said he had felt com­pelled to throw his hat into the ring ‘ be­cause a TD's po­si­tion doesn't at­tract, in my opin­ion, the right type of peo­ple’.

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