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Sinnott loses Dail seat by six votes
[Posted: Thu 23/05/2002 www.irishhealth.com]
by Deborah Condon
Independent candidate, Kathy Sinnott, has vowed to continue fighting for the rights of disabled people, after losing her Dail seat by just six votes to Fianna Fail's John Dennehy.
The fifth and final seat in Cork South Central finally went to Mr Dennehy after five tension-filled days and two recounts.
Ms Sinnott (51), a mother of nine, had been deemed elected in the early hours of Monday morning, after beating Mr Dennehy by just three votes. The narrow margin prompted Fianna Fail to demand a recount.
This recount saw Mr Dennehy win back the seat by just two votes, resulting in a second recount. This time, Ms Sinnott lost out by six votes.
Returning officers, Tim Healy and Martin Harney, said that there would be no more recounts and Ms Sinnott said she would not be legally challenging the decision.
Speaking to a packed hall after his election, Mr Dennehy paid tribute to Ms Sinnott and said he was 'humbled and privileged' to have won the seat.
Meanwhile Ms Sinnott said that she did not view the result as a defeat, as the attention surrounding the recounts had brought the issue of disability into the spotlight. She did not rule out running for political office in the future.
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