And you can quote me on that

Witticism, banter, and quips from the election counts in Galway over the weekend. Compiled by Declan Varley and Kernan Andrews

Chain gangers’s joy — former mayor Terry O’Flaherty and current mayor Padraig Conneely in playful mood at the count. 

Photo: 
Mike Shaughnessy

Chain gangers’s joy — former mayor Terry O’Flaherty and current mayor Padraig Conneely in playful mood at the count. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

“If Connaughton had only been named Sue or Seamus or Michael, I’d have had a chance, but to be called Paul, well that killed me in the polls.”

Defeated FG councillor Michael Finnerty bemoans the fact that Paul Connaughton junior benefited from having the same moniker as the auld fella in the Ballinasloe area race.

“On Monday we’ll have to sit down, Mike, and talk about who’ll be elected Mayor. The only thing is, is that you can’t sit down on your own anymore. You’ll have to bring the brother in with you.”

FG’s Brian Walsh to FF’s Michael J Crowe on Saturday.

“The fellas on the door are very officious. They wouldn’t even let Padraig McCormack in! I had to get a pass from Declan McDonnell for him.”

Remark heard in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“The Insider will be interesting to read in the Galway Advertiser with all the new writers to choose from after the election.”

Remark heard in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“I have always said you have to work three times harder as a woman. Men have an advantage in being involved in soccer clubs and rugby clubs.”

Cllr Terry O’Flaherty.

“I’m a Labour man through and through. I was asked to run by Michael D Higgins, and you don’t refuse an icon of the Left.”

Cllr Billy Cameron.

“Keano! There’s only one Keano!”

A very happy Peter Keane supporter after Mr Keane’s election in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“For the first time since 1979 there will be no Leahy in Galway City East. Mary will be devastated. How much trouble is the better bettor in - is he screwed?”

Remark heard in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“It looks bleak for the Better Bettor”

Same person ponders the fate of John Mulholland as the tallies and votes showed he was heading for defeat.

“Drama in Oranmore. Disaster for Fidelma Healy Eames as hubby eliminated!”

Excited text message from avid political watcher as news of Oranmore votes came in.

“The next time you see my name on a monument it will be a headstone”

Former Fianna Fáil councillor James Joyce after he lost his seat.

“I’ll vote for you but I’m voting Ghandi for Europe.”

So said a voter in Ballinasloe to Cllr Michael Mullins. We can only assume he meant Libertas’ Declan Ganley and not the man who led India to independence.

“I was so busy these last few days that I almost forgot my name!”

Hildegarde Naughton on Galway Bay FM. How could you forget a name like Hildegarde?

“If there is a general election coming up there will be a lot of Fine Gaelers voting Fianna Fáil.”

A senior Fine Gael member speaking in the Tennis Court count centre in Salthill on Sunday about the prospect of inheriting the poisoned chalice of power.

“One Green Dragon leaves the port and another leaves the council.”

The Green’s Niall Ó Brolcháin speaking after his defeat in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“I believe people elected us because we are young, vibrant, and in touch with the people.”

Ollie Crowe on ‘The Crowe factor’ in the Local Elections.

“I’ll go home, lie down on the couch, watch the match, and regret that I ever stood five years ago.”

A defeated city councillor in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“The big story in Galway city is arguably centred on a FG loss - the shock evaporation of the Better Bettor!”

Remark made to Galway Advertiser journalist Kernan Andrews in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“That’s your headline for next week - Mulholland falls.”

Journalist (and movie buff ) Paul Neilson to Galway Advertiser journalist Kernan Andrews in the Westside count centre on Saturday.

“Will the better bettor be a bitter bettor or will the bitter better bettor be bothered.”

Alliteration in fine flow after the demise of Cllr Mulholland.

 

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