ELECTED AT LAST
GOREY’S MALCOLM BYRNE REALISES BOYHOOD DREAM WITH IMPRESSIVE VICTORY IN WEEKEND’S BY-ELECTION
HAVING tasted defeat in the general election of 2016 and the European elections this summer, Gorey’s Malcolm Byrne finally had his day in the sun on Saturday as he took the seat vacated by Mick Wallace in Dáil Eireann.
Byrne took a lead of nearly 3,000 votes on first preferences and didn’t surrender it from there, despite Labour’s George Lawlor ensuring a battle until the end. ‘I’m quite confident that I will continue to work, as I have done with my county council colleagues, to try to deliver for this county,’ he said.
His victory speech generated an enthusiastic applause as he sent a message to all other would-be candidates. ‘Racism and the language of hate and division has no place in Wexford politics,’ he said. ‘Wexford is better than that and Ireland is better than that.’
WINNING SMILE: New Fianna Fáil TD Malcolm Byrne (right) is congratulated by Labour’s George Lawlor who finished in second place in the Wexford by-election after the elimination of Fine Gael’s Verona Murphy (below).