Dempsey full of op­ti­mism and vows not to re­nege on prom­ises

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

‘I THINK TO­DAY is the start of my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer’ said Ark­low’s Peter Dempsey, de­spite his elim­i­na­tion af­ter count 11 with a to­tal vote of 1,673.

Ok, so he may have lost his de­posit of €500 and won’t be able to claim back any of his ex­penses but his pro­file has risen con­sid­er­ably and hav­ing come within a hair’s breadth of a county coun­cil seat in the 2009 lo­cal elec­tions, he is surely a se­ri­ous con­tender for the 2014 elec­tions.

In fact, his first pref­er­ence vote on Satur­day was 1,409 which was ac­tu­ally 113 votes greater than his first pref­er­ence vote in the lo­cal elec­tions.

‘I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with my lo­cal vote. I had thought I would have done a bit bet­ter lo­cally given the work I have done but I am very proud of the way we con­ducted our cam­paign and the cal­i­bre of peo­ple who sup­ported me. I also am thank­ful to my fam­ily for their back­ing. They haven’t seen a lot of me in the last cou­ple of weeks.

‘When I think about it I am elated re­ally. I think to­day is the start of my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, not the end. Up un­til now I was only known lo­cally but now I will be work­ing to­wards the fu­ture work­ing for the whole county. I won’t rengege on my prom­ises and I will be work­ing dili­gently for the whole county.

‘I will be call­ing on who­ever is in Gov­ern­ment to bring back our nat­u­ral re­sources which were given away such as our oil and our gas and there should be an in­quiry into why they were sold and who ben­e­fit­ted be­cause it was cer­tainly not the Ir­ish nation. There is over €800 bil­lion worth of nat­u­ral re­sources to be tapped into by multi­na­tional com­pa­nies who are wait­ing to plun­der our nation and bring the prof­its out­side the coun­try.’

Peter said he was sur­prised with the way the peo­ple of Ark­low voted be­cause ‘no­body polled re­ally great out of Ark­low and I think it is be­cause they were con­vinced by the hype and the prom­ises of the in­com­ing Gov­ern­ment who promised things that they will find it very hard to ful­fil. They are tak­ing over a hole. How can you fill a hole when you don’t know how big it is?’

This is not the end of the line for Peter po­lit­i­cally even though he failed to se­cure a seat in the Dáil.

‘I am hop­ing now that I will get a seat in the County Coun­cil in the next lo­cal elec­tions.’

De­spite los­ing his de­posit and fail­ing to get money for his ex­penses as he didn’t reach the 2,942 votes needed to get his money back, Peter was philo­soph­i­cal. ‘It’s not look­ing great al­right but if I had my time over again I would do it again. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Liz Mc­Manus with Cllr Peter Dempsey (IND) at the Wick­low/East Car­low con­stituency Gen­eral Elec­tion count.

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