A disappointed Mary Lou McDonald has conceded that Sinn Féin will suffer significant losses in the local elections. Arriving at the count centre in Dublin's RDS she said Sinn Féin benefited from a surge in support in 2014, however, they will not retain many of these local authority seats. But Ms McDonald added: "Sinn Féin aren't cry babies, we dust ourselves down and we get back at it because that's what political activism is all about. Tallies are predicting that Sinn Féin - who tripled their numbers in the last local elections - will lose many of these seats. She said the huge surge in favour of the Greens worked against all parties, including Sinn Féin but also warned of a disengagement in some areas.
Source: Irish Examiner May 25, 2019 16:30 UTC