IT’S A TALE OF TWO CONSTITUENCIES
‘IT’S A WIN-WIN FOR THOSE WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN US’
IT was definitely a case of ‘a tale of two constituencies’ as Cork East got sept up in the Sinn Fein tide while in Cork North West it was ‘as you were’ - with not even a Sinn Fein candidate in sight.
And people did not like that, with many in North West writing ‘Sinn Fein’ on their (spoiled) ballot papers as well as voiving their disappointment on social media. Certainly, it was another ‘what might have been’ for the party of General Election 2020.
Sinn Fein’s Pat Buckley is still pinching himself after topping the poll - having not reached the quota in 2016. Meanwhile, Kevin O’Keeffe - ousted by a young James O’Connor, who hoovered up local transfers - vowed he would get the O’Keeffe dynasty back on track.
And John Paul O’Shea isn’t giving up either despite another knock-back.
“If I had the answer to that, I wouldn’t be talking to you now – I’d be in the betting office!”
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Poll topper Sinn Féin’s Deputy Pat Buckley was given a rousing reception by jubilant supporters as her arrived at the Mallow count centre on Sunday afternoon.