ELECTED AT LAST

GOREY’S MAL­COLM BYRNE RE­ALISES BOY­HOOD DREAM WITH IM­PRES­SIVE VIC­TORY IN WEEK­END’S BY-ELEC­TION

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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).

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