When the new City Council meets for the first time next month, heavy hitters like Sinn Féin’s Mick Nugent and Chris O’Leary will be missing while the Green Party could hold the balance of power when it comes to deciding how the chamber will function during the next term.
The RTÉ exit poll predicted a strong showing for the Greens, but jaws were dropping in Nemo Rangers GAA club on Saturday morning when tallies predicted four seats for the party, pulling votes from every corner of the city and every end of the political spectrum to regain a voice in City Hall after more than ten years.
The biggest losers were Sinn Féin, losing half the eight-seat total from 2014 that made it a force to be reckoned with in local politics over the last five years.
“We’re really disappointed that we haven’t managed to hold the new ground we made five years ago. On that occasion, the surge was for Sinn Féin. This time, the surge is for the Greens,” she said.