Longford Town Mayor Cllr Paul Connell cut a disconsolate figure as he gave his reaction to the likely loss of his seat at this year’s local elections this afternoon.
The Independent dual mandate holder said he couldn’t understand how initial tally figures had shown him to be sitting in ninth place, some 150 votes behind sixth place candidate Cllr Padraig Loughrey.
“I honestly can’t understand where my vote has gone and that’s the truth of it,” said a clearly upset Cllr Connell.
Though successful last time out in 2009 with 521 first preference votes, the Tesco employee only managed 332 number ones this time around.
He insisted neither he nor his supporters had seen the large fall in his vote coming.
“It was completely the opposite to what we were being told on the doorsteps,” he replied.
“The whole thing is a complete mystery.”
He said the relative strength at which Fine Gael managed to hold onto their vote was also surprising.
“People were telling me and giving me a warm reception as I wasn’t from any of the main political parties, but the opposite seems to have happened,” he said.
As for where his own future lies, Cllr Connell said he would take his time before weighing up his next move.
“I won’t be making any decisions overnight, that’s for sure. That’s politics though, you win some and you lose some.”