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Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran looks set to miss out on Arklow seat

The Arklow tally shows Tom Curran at 6.23 per cent. There are six seats for the taking.

TOM CURRAN, THE partner of right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming, has over 6 per cent of the vote for the Arklow ward for Wicklow County Council.

It is reported that 100 per cent of the boxes have now been opened and the tallies show that the independent Arklow candidate and former IT professional stands in eighth place.

There are six seats for the taking, with Arklow seen to be bucking the trend, with tallies indicating the the main political parties are to get seats.

Fianna Fáil is topping the counts, with tallies showing that Fianna Fáil’s Pat Fitzgerald at over 21 per cent, followed by his party colleague Pat Kennedy.

Tom Curran, who became a national profile as a result of the couple’s courts campaign, ignited a national debate last year on the subject of end-of-life care.

Curran teamed up with independent TD Stephen Donnelly for the campaign, telling that he didn’t want to run on just one issue and if elected he said he will also work to promote tourism in the county and to help projects like the regeneration of Arklow town.

The tally shows that he stands at 6.23 per cent, slightly behind Independent Arklow Councillor Peter Dempsey, who stands at 6.45 per cent.

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