More woe for Labour as Junior Minister loses seat in Dublin

NewsBy Niamh Cluskey
More woe for Labour as Junior Minister loses seat in Dublin

Labour TD and Minister for Drugs, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has lost his Dáil seat in Dublin Bay North.

The junior minister had been tipped as a potential party leader, instead he has now lost his seat in the Dáil.

Independents Tommy Broughan and Finian McGrath and Sinn Féin’s Denise Mitchell have all secured seats.

Ó Ríordáin was over 800 votes short of McGrath, who took the fifth seat.

Independent politicians, Averil Power and John Lyons were also eliminated late last night.

This leaves the Labour Party with six seats - one short of the seven needed for Dáil speaking rights.

The result will come as a major hit for Labour, who now need Willie Penrose to take a seat in Longford-Westmeath in order to reach their quota - a second recount is underway between Penrose and Fine Gael's James Bannon.

Ó Ríordáin later told RTÉ’s News at One that he “believed in the power of politics” and “believed in the Labour Party”.

He said that the party had “been on the back foot from day one”

“The point of politics is to serve. You should realise every day that you’re there to serve,” he advised new TDs.

With just six seats left to be filled in the 32nd Dáil, counts and recounts are continuing throughout three constituencies nationally.