by Fiona Heavey and Leonie McKiernan
IN spite of the Constituency Commission’s ridiculous decision to split Co Leitrim into two separate constituencies, the people of Leitrim have, against all the odds, finally elected a TD. In an election which Fianna Fáil will clearly want to forget, Sinn Féin’s Michael Colreavy secured the final seat in Sligo/North Leitrim, edging out sitting TD, Eamon Scanlon on the ninth count.
A delighted Colreavy was lifted shoulder high by his jubilant supporters in the Castle Dargan count centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, admitting that, although he had hoped to secure a seat for the people of the county, his success was “a dream come true”.
From the early tally figures it was obvious that Fine Gael’s sitting TD, John Perry and his running mate, Tony McLoughlin, had run a sterling campaign securing 37 percent of the first preference votes in the constituency.
See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full story.