EDENDERRY Cllr John Foley said he has no regrets about his decision to run as an Independent, a title he intends to retain.
With 4,478 first preference votes, compared with 5,899 in the 2007 General Election the former Fianna Fail Councillor said this election was a very different playing field.
“Last time I had a party behind me. This time there were three or four in the field from North Offaly.
I’m delighted with the performance,” Cllr Foley said.
It was a tough battle for the former Fianna Fail Cllr who held on almost to the end before going being eliminated after the twelfth count with 7,521 votes.
Cllr Foley said it was a campaign he would never forget.
“The experience has been different. My wife and my daughter and the team we’ve had have only been out there three weeks. “I’m only in the field three weeks which is not bad when you are fighting for a five seater. The people are not interested in fighting and arguing. They want jobs, they want people they can trust they want people who will say what it is and I gave them that choice. I went out there. I felt I owed it to the people,” said Cllr Foley.
After a decision to go against a Fianna Fail proposal in relation to the standing down of Kilcormac, Daingean and Banagher Fire Stations, Cllr Foley found himself outside the Pale.
“The easiest thing for me to have done three weeks ago after the upheaval with Fianna Fail was to walk away. But it’s not what politics is about it’s not what I’m about.
“So I gave the people the opportunity I went in there fighting. An awful lot of people didn’t expect me to be in that position after the first count. A poll going around last week gave me a seat. You’ve got to believe in the cause, you’ve got to believe in the people, you’ve got to believe in yourself.
“The stance I took was for the people. I’ve no regrets whatsoever. Whatever the outcome may be I’ll be happy that I took the right division. I gave the people the opportunity and that’s it,” said Cllr Foley.