Almost €150k spent by Kildare councillors getting elected

Candidate Fiona Mcloughlin-Healy, Newbridge, with family members anxiously watches the count.
Almost €150,000 was spent by Kildare County Council’s 40 councillors in their bid for election in May.

Almost €150,000 was spent by Kildare County Council’s 40 councillors in their bid for election in May.

The Leinster Leader has seen the official disclosure of all of details of expenditure of those who contested the election - and how much of that was from their own resources.

Topping off the list were Cllr. Fiona McLoughlin Healy, who declared that she spent €9,756 and Frank O’Rourke who spent €9,268.

They contrasted with Jean Berry, an unsuccessful candidate, who spent €90.

Of those who did get elected, Sinn Fein’s Ide Cussen declared that she spent €1,098, just behind Sean Power on €1,116.

Cllr. McLoughlin Healy emphasised that she was a new face in politics and was anxious to get her name out there, as well as distinguishing herself from Cllr. Fiona O’Loughlin, a long standing public representative with a similar name.

She also wondered how other candidates managed to get such great deals for advertising space.

Cllr. Frank O’Rourke said he “noticed that everywhere I had a poster, other candidates also had a poster and at €6.50 each I’m not certain how they could get away with spending as little as they did. But that’s a matter for them.”

For the whole story, with full figures, see page 8 of this week’s Leinster Leader, out today.