McDermott ‘humbled’ by support

Now two-time councillor Marty McDermott, who substantially increased his personal vote in last weekend’s local elections, says he hasn’t really given any thought to seeking a nomination to contest the next General Election.

The Fianna Fáil councillor, who polled 1656 number ones, said: “I wasn’t considering a General Election run before Friday… it’s not something I’ve thought about. I am happy to represent the local people locally. So it’s not something that I’ve considered, but you never know… I can’t say what might happen in the future.

“There are other fine candidates out there for the party. Whoever is selected to run for Fianna Fáil, we’ll be united in support of them”.

As to his re-election at the weekend, Cllr McDermott said he was delighted and humbled to have received such a big mandate.

“I am blown away by this level of support… delighted with my vote, and humbled to be honest by the faith shown in me. Throughout the canvass, people promised me their vote because they said I had done the work. That is humbling. I pledge to continue to work very hard in return for the support I have received. I really want to acknowledge the courtesy and generosity of people”.

Cllr McDermott paid tribute to his Director of Elections, Bernie Kearney, thanking him for his “wisdom and calmness”.

“Bernie has so much experience and wisdom, he did a magnificent job. I also want to thank my close-knit campaign team for their great work. A special thank you to my wife Deirdre and our daughters Emily and Grace for their exceptional love and support”.

Cllr McDermott also acknowledged the success of fellow Fianna Fáil candidates and said that the party’s winning of three seats in the six-seat Roscommon Municipal LEA was a great result.