Finnegan disappointed but sets sights on council seat next
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE Eugene Finnegan said he ‘is a bit disappointed' with his personal vote of 309. ‘At the early stage of the campaign there was a major swing to the Independents. Indeed if one were to believe the vibes then the political parties would have polled less than 50 per cent of the vote.
‘But I think that the parties got their act together in the last week and managed to convince the electorate to back them. I am very disappointed with the whole thing. A general election is a whole different ball game to a local election and you need to be known county wide.
‘Maybe it will raise my profile and I am certainly going to continue to work hard as an Independent member of Bray Town Council.'
While his decision to contest this election didn't bear fruit Eugene certainly raised his profile and he may be rewarded in 2014 in the local elections, if he decides to contest the county council election.
‘ Going for a county council seat now is the next thing and I can use some of the experience I learnt here. In the early stages of the campaign people were definitely telling me that they were voting for an independent but as the day drew closer people were a lot more selective saying they would disseminate the information in leaflets and I think that's what they did.
A late comer to the campaign Finnegan said ‘what prompted me to run in the heel of the hunt was that I realised after the election was called that there was a demand for a good Independent representative and to be honest I didn't know how Joe Behan's vote would go.
‘I felt I should put myself forward on that basis. At the moment it doesn't look like Joe is going to hold his seat and if he doesn't he will be a loss to Wicklow.
‘I suppose the big surprise of the day was Andrew Doyle topping the poll. Everyone thought it would be Billy (Timmins) who obviously did very well as well.'
Putting the election firmly behind him Eugene said, ‘I am going back to work on Monday to try and earn a living'.