Sunday, July 29, 2007
Senate results are in
I have to thank loads of people, and will have to limit it to those that helped just in the Senate campaign. Locally, Aidan, Greg, John K, Brendan H and others helped with the NEC nomination process. On the NEC Peter Keaney and Mark Langhammer kindly nominated me for the role, Mike Allen and Adrian Langan gave me some very sound advice on the process. Joe Costello put a hell of a lot of work in as Director of Elections. Ita McAuliffe provided lots of assistance, Thanks to Deputy Joanna Tuffy for her advice on campaigning and to all of the party candidates, Alan, Alex, Brendan *2, Eric, Ivana, Michael and Phil. We passed information to each other along the way and had some fun in the process. Back at base Alice and Fiona were great and on the road I was fortunate to have the company of Keith M and Paul Q. On the ground much thanks to John Gilroy, John Kelleher, John Ryan, Billy Kyne and Michael O'Brien.
Of course, it couldn't have happened without TDs and Councillors going out and casting their vote, so I'm much grateful for everyone's support.
And finally, E, J and S of the KC were their usual brilliant selves.
Myself, Deputy Joe Costello and Senator Brendan Ryan
On Friday evening we had the constituency mid-summer party. It had been arranged for a few months, and because of the result it turned out to be a celebration party. We booked a room in the Ashbourne House Hotel and we had a great night. I had intended to use the occasion to announce the retirement of my Director of Elections, but the fella has done the party some service, so I might leave him where he is for the moment.
Finally, some people have already been on to me asking what this means locally. The key thing to say is that I will continue to be available for all issues in the East Meath area. If you have a problem or a question, get on to me and if I can help I will. It's business as usual!
Today on RTE I heard some woman (didn't catch the name) mention in passing that she had TWO votes in the Senate election as she had degrees from both UCD and Trinity. Apparently this is not uncommon.
Two votes for some, no votes for the rest of us plebs. A democratic institution my arse.
I'll watch with interest to see if you push for reform of the Senate election process.
I'm not holding my breath.
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