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Boxing clever

It's a knock-out* as Kenny Egan takes a seat in Clondalkin


OK, SO IT wasn’t quite a knock-out but he proved to be a political heavyweight in the end.

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan has taken a seat for Fine Gael in Clondalkin in Dublin, after a nervy start had raised questions about whether he would get over the line.

His election was confirmed just after 1.45pm this afternoon, when Egan won the 7th of 8th seats on South Dublin County Council. Egan was one of three candidates deemed elected without reaching the quota, with a total of 1,407 votes.

Egan had anxiously been awaiting the result since the count began at Citywest hotel last night:

Egan, who won a light-heavyweight boxing silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was announced as a Fine Gael candidate in February. He retired as a boxer in 2013 and has worked as a pundit on RTÉ.

He said at the time of his selection that he didn’t vote, but said that he wanted to help people in his area with issues which as drugs, alcohol and obesity.

Egan was joined at the count by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald who is a TD for the Dublin Mid-West constituency, which Clondalkin is in.

Local election count. Pictured are Fin Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin each won two seats in the Clondalkin ward, with Labour, People Before Profit Alliance, an Independent candidate and Fianna Fáil all taking one seat each.

Read: Election 2014 Liveblog – all the results as they happen > 

Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here is a list of everyone elected so far > 

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