IT’S A TALE OF TWO CON­STITUEN­CIES

‘IT’S A WIN-WIN FOR THOSE WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN US’

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - BILL BROWNE

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!”

ELEC­TION2020 - Pages 10-21

Pat Buck­ley on be­ing asked about Sinn Féin go­ing into coali­tion with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael Sean Sher­lock speak­ing af­ter a tough day at the count cen­tre

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.

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