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?