Returning Officer’s best wishes to ill candidate



Sinn Fein candidate Cllr Michael Browne was unable to attend the election count on Saturday as he is ill in hospital at the moment.

Returning Officer for the South Tipperary Constituency Mary Delehanty extended best wishes to Cllr Browne on behalf of all at the count.

Cllr Browne, who is Mayor of Cashel at the moment, polled 1860 first preferences and was eliminated after the first count.

It was 662 votes higher that the performance of his son Liam Browne in the 2007 General Election, which means the Sinn Fein first preference vote increased by 55%, albeit from a low base.

In a statement, Cllr Browne thanked all who voted for him in the constituency and all who worked tirelessly in his campaign to increase the Sinn Fein vote in the constituency.

He claimed there was a “huge future” for Sinn Féin in South Tipperary and said his party would redouble its efforts to provide better representation for the people

The Cashel Town Council member congratulated the three successful candidates, whose priority must be the national economic recovery and getting people back to work in Tipperary.

He urged them to put their principles before their personalities to enable a swift plan of action to be implemented.