Sunday, May 27, 2007
Election Day Blues
It’s a disappointing result for me personally, for my family and friends, for Labour party members locally and nationally and of course for the people who voted for me.
I’ve lost elections before and I’ve had some failures in my life, so it’s not a new experience to me. I prefer to win, but I know that the pain of losing passes and that the main thing to do is to learn lessons. The sun came out on Saturday morning and the world moved on.
I’m not sure what we could have done differently. The swing to Fianna Fail in the past week was too great. Their local candidates performed well throughout the campaign and really we don’t have any complaints. We lost and they won.
I do feel particularly sorry for Paul, the RTE cameraman, who was assigned to my campaign for the final few days. RTE are doing a documentary on a few candidates and he was assigned to Meath. He was in my house with me when I got the dreaded phone call from the count centre just before one o’clock on Friday afternoon. It was just myself, himself and a rolling camera. I reckon he would have preferred to be anywhere else at that particular moment!
I’m also sad for my colleagues across the nation who failed to get elected despite mounting terrific campaigns locally. We had some good news with the successes of Joanna Tuffy, Sean Sherlock and Ciaran Lynch, but really we were hoping for a few more as well as them.
Thanks to everyone who helped in whatever way, either through canvassing, putting up posters, dropping leaflets, making sandwiches, or just simply being there for myself and the team.
I am sorry you didn't get in this time. It's just unbelievable. You are the only candidate in our area (Stamullen) who did anything at all to help us. It's an absolute travesty that FF and FG got seats at your expense when we didn't see their candidates from one end of the year to the next. I'm completely disillusioned - I just hope that you are not because we really need you and we would like the chance to vote for you again the next time.
All the best for the future,
Tony and Aisling O'Sullivan
I know it must be a huge disappointment to you. You have put in so much work into this campaign and are the hardest working politician on the ground that I know.
Particularly as you have been central in tackling the infrastructure defecit that has arisen in East Meath, the result just doesn't make sense. I hope this doesn't dissuade you from continuing the excellent work that you have been doing for all of us.
The result was in no way reflective of the huge benefit
I am tryuly sorry for you not getting a seat! You were my number one for Meath East as you are without a doubt the hardest working candidate in our area!
Tom in Ashbourne.
You should be very proud of your campaign and the energy you showed, your grasp of the issues and the way you conducted yourself throughout. I watched from London and truly thought that your campaign would be successful. You have the vision and energy to make a difference. Chin up !!
I'm sure you've learned loads and when you get the chance to sit down and analyse the way things went on the day there'll be some tips in there for next time.. There's tons of good will towards you in the area - Keep on keeping on.... Next time!
I was so disappointed for you and for the people of Meath East, I know you would have made a difference for them. However, politics is a dirty game, take heart in the terrific vote you got. I know you from old and you have always been honest, caring and dynamic and you will only get better. Be positive and all that you deserve will come rolling in. With sincere wishes Paddy.
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