Evidence of Frank Feighan’s work-rate in Leitrim since his election in 2007 was clear in the spectacular vote the Fine Gael man delivered. Feighan polled 3,020 number ones in South Leitrim, making him the poll-topper there.
Feighan accordingly had the satisfaction of outpolling each of the Leitrim-based candidates, finishing marginally ahead of Martin Kenny of Sinn Fein (2,912) and well in front of Gerry Kilrane of Fianna Fail (2,258). ‘Ming’ made an impression in Leitrim too, collecting 751 number ones.
Feighan pulled some super tallies with 399 number ones in Ballinamore (Kenny: 400) and 539 in Carrick-on-Shannon, where he was well clear of the field.
In many cases Feighan outpolled Leitrim-based rivals such as in Dromod (Feighan: 105, Kilrane 102, Kenny 74).
‘Ming’s’ 751 was a tidy vote and the Castlerea man got number ones in every single booth in Leitrim including 47 in Annaduff and a total of 175 in Carrick-on-Shannon.
John Kelly secured 430 number ones which will be a confidence-booster in the event of a future General Election outing by him while Martin Kenny and Gerry Kilrane got lots of votes, but not as many as they were counting on. Kenny would have been hoping for at least 1,000 more than the 2,912 the tallies attributed to him and likewise Kilrane, in his first outing, was hoping for at least 1,000 more than his total of 2,258. – Paul Healy