HOLLY Cairns has asked to be judged on her ability and work ethic after she was repeatedly referred to as the girlfriend of Fianna Fáil's Christopher O'Sullivan during the election campaign.
Ms Cairns, a Social Democrat, is the only woman elected from Cork to the 33rd Dáil following her stunning victory in Cork South West in the early hours of yesterday.
Her election campaign gained international attention because she was running in the same constituency as her partner, County Mayor Christopher O'Sullivan. Both have been elected to represent the constituency.
Holly said it was frustrating being referred to as Mr O'Sullivan's girlfriend.