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'Tipperary has had a love for me for over 28 years' - Lowry elected on first count

‘Lord Lowry’ – as dubbed in supporters’ banner – tops the poll in newly-united Tipperary constituency.

lowry Source: RTE

INDEPENDENT TD MICHAEL Lowry has topped the poll in Tipperary and won a seat on the first count.

This is Lowry’s eighth general election – his fifth as an independent candidate. Earlier this evening he told Pat Kenny on Newstalk that Tipperary “has had a love for me for over 28 years now”. He took 13,064 first preferences, exceeding the quota of 12,992.

I did what Kilkenny couldn’t do – five in a row.

Michael Lowry has now topped the poll in all five Dáil elections since 1997. His vote share has fallen from its peak of 2011, when he took 29.2% of first preferences, but his long record as one of the biggest vote-getters in the country is even more impressive this year, in the expanded Tipperary constituency.

He has a 100% record, being elected to the Dáil on every attempt since 1987, and has been a TD for the last 29 years.

Independent Mattie McGrath followed in second place – he has yet to take a seat but is close to the quota, with 11,237 first preferences.

Stirring the pot ahead of the first count results, Lowry earlier told RTÉ Radio 1 that Fine Gael’s Noel Coonan had been calling locally for transfers to Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Smith.

“I heard it with my own ears and I can’t believe it didn’t meet national publicity.”

When asked about the possibility of going into government with Enda Kenny he said:

It was always irrelevant, I was amused at the amount of publicity it got, I predicted it would be irrelevant, other politicians were using me for their own purposes.

“It’s been a very bad election for the government, Fine Gael made a major mistake in their strategy, they said they were a safe hand on  the economy, but then in week one they went with auction politics and lost all credibility.”

- With reporting by Cianan Brennan. 

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