Labour wins Dublin byelection


Labour councillor and bookies’ favourite Patrick Nulty was finally declared the winner in the Dublin West byelection at 2.45am after a marathon count.

On hearing the announcement was carried aloft by cheering supporters who chanted “championes, championes, ole, ole, ole”.

Mr Nulty was elected on the fifth and final count with 17,636 votes, just 216 short of the quota while Fianna Fáil councillor David McGuinness finished with 11,590 votes after the counting of transfers from Socialist party councillor Ruth Coppinger.

In his acceptance speech Mr Nulty reminded those present that the byelection “was prompted by the passing of Brian Lenihan who is remembered with great fondness”.

He said “I humbly thank the people of Dublin West and Swords” for “giving us their trust” and added: “I intend to honour that trust every day I serve the people”.

Mr Nulty’s victory was inevitable from early tallies yesterday morning but the final result was delayed by almost seven hours when the Socialist party called for a recount after the fourth count.

Socialist Cllr Ruth Coppinger, a secondary school teacher, was just 18 votes behind Fianna Fáil Cllr David McGuinness, a part-time music teacher, when she was eliminated and challenged the result.

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