Dempsey full of optimism and vows not to renege on promises
‘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.