Fine Gael County Councillor Frank Kilbride lost his local authority seat on Monday evening after 15 years at the helm of public representation in the Edgeworthstown area.
The area is without doubt in the political doldrums after it emerged on Sunday night that its other public representative, Tom Victory (FF), lost his seat following the results of the Ballymahon Electoral Area.
Speaking to the Leader after conceding defeat, Mr Kilbride said, “It’s a disappointing day for me”.
“When the boundaries were charged I had an uphill battle ahead of me,” the former County Mayor continued. “I lost 350 votes because of the changes. I was looking at John Reilly to take a seat, and then Mullinalaghta, for example, would have had representation; but with the state of play now, neither Granard, Edgeworthstown or Mullinalaghta have any public representation.”
Yet in nearby Colmcille and Dromard, no less than four candidates have emerged victorious. “There is plenty of representation in Colmcille, Moyne, Legga, alright,” said Mr Kilbride.
The Fine Gael party took a hammering nationally, something Kilbride believes impacted on local area representatives as well. “Austerity measures, water, jobs - it’s all I heard on the doorsteps,” he explained. “People are saying ‘forget about mainstream politics’ and that is why Sinn Féin have done so well. Even though I will not be a councillor now, I will be out there fighting for the people of Granard and Edgeworthstown.
“But I will be back and I intend to contest the next General Election as an Independent.”