Local Elections: Big spenders in Rathmines

I was not surprised to learn that some of the highest spending local election candidates in the Dublin City Council area were in the Rathmines ward. Tony Williams of the PDs spent over €18,000, and Brian Gillen (FG) spent more than €16,000. Jim O’Callaghan (FF) also spent almost €13,000. Of these three, only Gillen was elected.

These figures only account for spending in the last four weeks of the election campaign. The corresponding figure for my campaign was approximately €3,500, most of which was spent on election posters.

This week’s Sunday Business Post ran two stories on the spending figures: Big spenders fall flat at local elections, Council candidates spent €800,000.

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