Local winners and losers in Seanad election

TWO Leitrim men were successfully elected to Seanad Eireann last week. In the glorious sunshine, supporters of Michael Comiskey and Paschal Mooney welcomed home their newly elected senators over the weekend to Newtownmanor and Drumshanbo respectively.

TWO Leitrim men were successfully elected to Seanad Eireann last week. In the glorious sunshine, supporters of Michael Comiskey and Paschal Mooney welcomed home their newly elected senators over the weekend to Newtownmanor and Drumshanbo respectively.

TWO Leitrim men were successfully elected to Seanad Eireann last week. In the glorious sunshine, supporters of Michael Comiskey and Paschal Mooney welcomed home their newly elected senators over the weekend to Newtownmanor and Drumshanbo respectively.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer following his election, a clearly delighted Senator Comiskey said that he was both proud and humbled to be elected to the Seanad after his success on the Agricultural panel. “This is a first for the north of the county and I am very proud to have been successful in the recent elections,” he said. “This has been a massive stamp of approval for me especially considering that I have come into this without having the opportunity to serve as a councillor and I feel very honoured.”

Senator Comiskey said that he was looking forward to the challenge of representing, not just the people of Ireland, but the people of Co Leitrim.

“I know that this will be a huge learning curve for me but I am really looking forward to the challenge and I am conscious of the faith and trust that has been placed in me by the people,” he said. He expressed this thanks to everyone involved in his political campaigns, his family, friends and supporters.

Addressing his homecoming crowd Senator Comiskey stated, “In Ireland and particularly in Leitrim and Sligo we have seen hard times before, but we have recovered by working hard, by supporting each other and our communities, if we continue with that spirit, by all of us putting our shoulders to the wheel we can help the economy to recover. I want to assure everyone that I will be first to put my shoulder to the wheel and that I will always be available to work and fight for the people of Leitrim and Sligo”.

Senator Paschal Mooney was delighted to have maintained his seat in the Seanad saying “It was a great relief.”

He said “This campaign was I think the most competitive that I have experienced and that would have been echoed by colleagues of all parties and none but particularly on the Fianna Fail side because of the reduction in the voting numbers.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.