An overall view of the scene at the election count centre in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Anne Lucey

Killarney Municipal Council will have two newish faces when business resumes in June – and five of the seven councillors are Independent.

As well as poll topper Maura Healy-Rae, the outgoing Michael Gleeson, Brendan Cronin, Niall Kelleher and Donal Grady were all elected.

Former Labour senator and councillor Marie Moloney snatched the last seat for Labour in a battle with John Sheahan.

The outgoing mayor’s loss is a severe blow for Fine Gael in Killarney and questions will be asked now about Fine Gael going into the general election.

There are swings and roundabouts in politics – and former mayor Niall Botty O’Callaghan has succeeded – despite not knocking on a single door, or putting up a single poster.

The focus will shift now to the current mayorship and just who will get it. Will it be poll topper Maura Healy-Rae?

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