Fin­negan dis­ap­pointed but sets sights on coun­cil seat next

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 - ES­THER HAY­DEN

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'.

Eu­gene Fin­negan.

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