Election 2014: Jim Finucane Fills Sixth Seat In Tralee Electoral Area

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Jim Finucane is congratulated by his party colleague after winning the sixth seat for the Tralee Electoral Area on Kerry County Council. Photo by Dermot Crean.

ANOTHER candidate has been elected to the Tralee Electoral Area of Kerry County Council.

Fine Gael’s Jim Finucane was elected after getting 211 extra votes from his eliminated party colleague, Grace O’Donnell.

This put him over the quota to give him a vote of 1,671.

His surplus of 72 is now being distributed and its expected to pull his Pat McCarthy, who’s at 1,436, closer to filling the sixth seat.

Speaking to TraleeToday.ie, Mr Finucane said he was delighted with the result, and a little relieved.

“It’s a relief. It was a challenging campaign but at the same time you welcome the fact that people were directing the message to be brought back [to Government] and I want to reflect that going forward as a councillor.”

He said he got a clear message from some people on the doorstep that they weren’t happy with the Government.

“The last election it was very much a case of the wind behind our back but this time it was more in our face.¬†We need to ease the pain on people and protect the most vulnerable. We’ve a job of work to do,” he said.

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