IT took 25 hours for the announcement to be made that Liam Quinn was being eliminated.
With 6,271 votes, the tenth count spelled the end for the Rhode councillor. However after calling for a recount the results of which took a day to be made public, he only fared four votes better off and was eliminated.
However despite it all, Cllr Quinn said he made the right decision.
“I dont regret calling the recount at all. We were 26 votes behind after John Leahy was eliminated. There were only 60 odd votes between the bottom three candidates. After the recount we’ve had 71 invalid papers. The quota was revised and we had 31 ballots that were misplaced. It proved there can always be human error in every walk of life. We still lost out. I can go away now satisfied that the result is the accurate result and not in a week’s time pondering the imponderable over a misplaced bundle of 50 votes,” said Cllr Quinn.
Cllr Quinn said it was “heartbreaking” to go out at that stage but he was proud of his performance.
When asked if he felt that his abstention in relation to a council vote regarding the standing down of Daingean, Kilcormac and Banagher Fire stations had effected his vote he replied “I dont think so.”
“To get 4,500 votes is a good respectable first prefernce vote. I’m going out with 6,300. I had a candidate beside me John who was very strong very high profile.
“He ran in 2007. You had Fergus McDonnell in Edenderry town. I had a Cowen on the other side of me. Like I hadn’t an awful lot of room for manouvere and to get 4,500 out of that I was happy with. I canvassed every area I was given including Daingean. People were good to me, they responded well. I’m very satisfied I did everything I could do. I’m going to work as hard for those people and the committee as I did in the beginning.
“I’m going to go back and work as hard as I can and anything I can do for the people of Daingean, Rhode or anywhere else in north Offaly and for the people of Tullamore as well who were very good to me on this occasion. Anything I can do for them I will.”