The ‘Green Wave’ car­ries O’brien to Dáil seat

Green Party scores a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory in Dublin Fin­gal by-elec­tion

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN MAN­NING and KEN PHE­LAN

A Green Wave de­mol­ished ev­ery­thing in its wake as Green Party can­di­date, Cllr Joe O’brien be­came Fin­gal’s new­est TD in a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory in the Dublin Fin­gal by-elec­tion.

It’s been a dra­matic year for O’brien, af­ter sev­eral at­tempts at suc­cess at the bal­lot box, he’s won two elec­tions in six months, first se­cur­ing a seat on Fin­gal County Coun­cil last May and now grab­bing a seat in the Dáil.

Speak­ing in the wake of his dra­matic vic­tory, he told the Fin­gal In­de­pen­dent: ‘It feels very good. I feel priv­i­leged, I feel hon­oured and I feel like I need to make the best use pos­si­ble of the new few months ahead of me and use it to serve the peo­ple of Dublin Fin­gal be­cause it might be the only op­por­tu­nity I have.

‘I’ve got to prove my­self as much as one can in a cou­ple of months. The thing is to take the en­ergy of the cam­paign into my role as a TD now.’

He does not see the next few months as a trial run for the Gen­eral Elec­tion though and ex­plained: ‘It’s the real thing, peo­ple have been down a TD for six months and there are a lot of is­sues out there that can’t wait un­til the Gen­eral Elec­tion to be ad­dressed.’

Fin­gal’s new­est TD, Cllr Joe O’brien (GP) (pic by Siob­han Tay­lor)

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