Labour’s Kathleen Lynch relinquished the seat she has held in Cork North Central since 2002 to AAA-PBP’s Mick Barry last weekend, in a setback similar to that experienced by her party colleagues around the country.
Minister Lynch, whose brother-in-law in Cork South Central Ciarán Lynch, also tasted defeat, lost close to 4,000 first preference votes since 2011 and bowed out following the 11th count.
Despite having taken the second seat five years ago, Ms Lynch was widely expected to be under pressure from the AAA-PBP candidate.
Despite the disappointment of losing her seat, she said afterwards that she would not walk away from politics, praising those who supported her and campaigned for her during the election campaign.
“They believe in Labour. How can I walk away from such loyalty? …
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