A DCU law and government lecturer has won a seat in the 33rd Dáil, after contesting the election in Dublin West as a member of the Green Party
Roderic O’Gorman TD, who has contested the constituency since 2007, got the final seat on the sixth count. He beat prominent sitting TDs Ruth Coppinger of S-PBP and Joan Burton of the Labour Party.
Speaking to The College View, O’Gorman said that it was a great feeling. “It was a great day for my team and my family.”
After seeing RTÉ’s exit poll the night before the count, O’Gorman felt good with the Greens sitting on 7.9 per cent.
Early on in the count, O’Gorman said that he was nervous due to not having as many votes as he wanted to be comfortable. He was in direct competition with Coppinger, and a large amount of Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly’s surplus went to Coppinger.
Coppinger had a lead on O’Gorman up until the final count, but with the elimination of Burton and Emer Currie, he overtook Coppinger to take the final seat.
“Only in the last 20 minutes that we saw there was [sic] enough votes coming to me that I was going to be able to bridge the gap.”
“It was a very intense final half hour after a long and exhausting day… It’s still only now sinking in,” said O’Gorman.
“Our decisions will be on the basis of policy….Any potential agreement on government will have to have a very substantial number of Green Party policies committed to within it,” says O’Gorman. He also clarified that it didn’t just mean climate policies, but also their policies on housing, health and transport.
“There has to be a very clear green stamp on any programme for government.” He explained that while the Green Party are open to going into a coalition, they aren’t desperate to go in with other parties.
O’Gorman’s own aims for his time in office will be to help provide better public transport for his local area in Dublin 15, as well as improving childcare and education. “From a personal point of view, supporting my local schools in my area is something I’m interested in doing,” said O’Gorman.
The Green Party also did well across the whole country, with them reaching 12 total seats. This is double their last highest result in 2007, where they entered into a coalition with Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats.
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