Colm Keaveney was one of the major local casualties of the general election, becoming the only sitting Fianna Fáil TD to lose his seat.
Fianna Fáil’s rebirth, which was echoed across the country, was not reflected in Mr Keaveney’s vote as he missed out on retaining his Dáil seat.
The Galway East candidate was never in contention and bowed out of the race on the fifth count with 6,700 votes.
The former Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Mental Health and Special Needs was elected a TD as a member of the Labour party in 2011, with considerable help from then-running mate Lorraine Higgins.
Despite enjoying an increased share of the vote with 12.02 per cent Mr Keaveney missed out on election this time behind new running mate and party colleague Anne Rabbitte, Fine Gael’s Ciaran Cannon and Independent Sean Canney, who topped the poll.
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