Cobh returns one of two Green councillors for County Hall

Cobh returns one of two Green councillors for County Hall
Elected on the first count, LEA Cobh, Anthony Barry (3rd from the left), with supporters including David Stanton TD. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The first of two Green Party candidate for the Cork County was elected in Cobh, by the skin of his teeth.

Alan O’Connor, 35, from Carrigtwohill, was elected in the last count, without reaching the quota.

Speaking to The Echo Alan said he was delighted to be elected and said he was very surprised.

“I didn’t think I had a realistic chance and when I woke up on Saturday and heard the tallies I thought: ‘Wow, I could be in here!’” 

Mr O’Connor, who is a primary school student teacher, previously worked at the natural history museum in Dublin and will be focusing on environmental issues such as sustainable living, public transport and green spaces.

Independent candidate Sean O’Connor, who had served 29 years in the Cobh Town Council was also elected.

Mr O’Connor said he was thrilled to bits to be elected and said it had been a tough competition.

“Eight out of 11 is a difficult one and this is a major achievement for me. I am just delighted with the support I received.” Cathal Rasmussen (Labour) was the fourth candidate to be elected in Cobh on the sixth count with 1747 votes.

Cathal followed sitting councillors Padraig O’Sullivan (FF), Anthony Barry (FG) and Sinead Sheppard (FG) back into local government.

Elected on the first count, LEA Cobh, Cllr Padraig O'Sullivan with his wife, Bernie and supporters. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Elected on the first count, LEA Cobh, Cllr Padraig O'Sullivan with his wife, Bernie and supporters. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Mr Rasmussen was co-opted in 2013 to replace John Mulvihill Snr on Cork County Council representing the Midleton Electoral Area.

Cathal said he was thrilled to be reelected. “ It has been a long day and night. I was hoping I would get in and I am very proud that I did.

Mr Rasmussen said he would continue his work in Cobh tackling a range of issues from housing to road infrastructure.

Ken Curtin was eliminated in the third count and took to Twitter to resign from politics.

On the social media site, Mr Curtin said: “I'm now taking a step back from politics and will not be contesting any future elections.

“I'm also going to seriously review the time and effort I've put into this place entirely in a voluntary capacity. I genuinely believed I was making a difference.” Mr Curtin posted a number of tweets in which he expressed disappointment at his support.

“I believed people appreciated what I and others like me do in an entirely voluntary capacity but this result tells me this is clearly not the case.

“In the interest of my mental health and in terms of putting my family first (something I've neglected to do in past) as well as stepping back from politics I'm going to seriously curtail my community and voluntary efforts. I hate doing this but I've been putting Cobh first for far too long, it's time to put Ken and my family first.”

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