Leitrim councillor Des Guckian, who ran as an Independent in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency, said that this week that while disappointed he did not secure a seat, he was very proud of his achievements.
“Big parties, with their big monies, won the day,” he said. “I congratulate the successful candidates, but I cannot see any real change. There is no vision to guide us.”
Mr Guckian, a former teacher at St Mel’s College, achieved 1,060 votes in the election and was eliminated on the fourth count.
“There is need for an open and honest national debate and a proper National Government (as Britain had during WW2) lasting two years. New openness and transparency must replace cover-ups, spin and muddying the waters.
“As many people told me while canvassing “You cannot trust any party anymore”,” he said.
“The problems in Employment, Agriculture, Health, Education, Emigration of our youth etc must be prioritised. There is a big need to create a Special Western Development Region so that rural areas and the Western economy is revolutionised. Really fast broadband must be available everywhere.
“Would the founders of this nation, of 100 years ago, be proud of our present-day politicians? I cannot imagine that they would.”
Cllr Guckian concluded by thanking his wife, family and supporters.
Four TDs were elected in Sligo-Leitrim (a new constituency that incorporates parts of Donegal and Cavan):
Mark MacSharry (FF), Martin Kenny (SF), Tony McLoughlin, (FG) and Eamon Scanlon (FF).