Watching results coming in on TV, and listening to the coverage on the radio it was shocking how much the 5 Cork constituencies were ignored.
I know CNC and CNW were very predictible from early in the day but there were big stories emerging in all the others.
This contest was fascinating and the last seat was impossible to call for a long time between Stanton and Sherlock. Most people believed Paul Bradford would take a seat. In the end both Stanton and Sherlock got in and Bradford lost out, it was fascininating watching this story unfold yet it hardly merited a mention in Dublin.
Cork South Central:
I believe this was the most fascinating constituency in the country and should have been a centre piece of results coverage. So many candidates so close for 3 seats anything was possible - this was better than any soap opera, eurovision or Rose of Tralee in terms of drama or difficulty in predicting the outcome. Yet until the superb TD Dan Boyle actually lost his seat it was ignored by our friends in the capital.
Cork South West:
The result was well predicted in advance but the big story here was the performance of Christy O'Sullivan FF in topping the poll at the expense of the justifibly bitter incumbent party colleague Denis O'Donovan, another big story from cork that had been ignored.
Cork North Central:
4 sitting TDs as expected took the seats but a lot of other constituencies outside Cork had a similar story but this one hardly got a mention.
Cork North West:
Result was predictable from early on but the first preference performance of M Moynihan deserved some discussion, not to mention two sitting TDs losing their seats. This was seen as a barometer yet it hardly got a mention.