CLLR Brigid Teefy topped the poll with 2,369 first preferences in Cappamore Kilmallock but it really should have been 2,370 as she couldn’t vote forself!
Due to the constituency changes her parish of Ballybricken was split in two so she lost a lot of her core vote. It made the Independent candidate’s result all the sweeter as she was hoisted high in the air by family friends.
“I can’t believe it, it is beyond my wildest expectations. I am extremely grateful to everyone who trusted me with their number one vote. The number one is a big thing,” said Cllr Teefy.
“I look forward to representing the new people and thank everyone who came out, supported me and placed their trust in me. I am humbled,” added the Independent candidate.
The mum of four and grandmother of six, who was a funding member of the Progressive Democrats, is in the perfect position to explain the rise of Sinn Fein/Fianna Fail and fall of Fine Gael and Labour
“All the charges and cutbacks - they have gone on for years now. From being out on the ground and listening to people’s stories it’s very tough out there.
“Medical cards is a big issue. If you have an illness in the family or a sick child it is hard enough without having the pressure of fighting for medical cards. People are down out there.
“It is just more and more charges on top of people. They are just not able for it. They were saying even if you could get it all in one go. I think that is the way they do it in England - you pay x amount but it is just charge after charge, they are just not able for it.
“I find people are worn out by it. I think for a few years they were willing to do it but they have had enough,” said Cllr Teefy.