Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan looks set to win a seat in the South Dublin Council after initial tallies have the 31-year old coming out on top in the Tallaght South ward.
Holohan hails from Jobstown in Dublin and was on the ballot for Sinn Fein, with initial tallies suggesting that he has received enough support to be named the victor in the first count with the official results due on Sunday.
Tallaght South (5) (TALLY COMPLETE):
Holohan (SF) – 901 (15%)
Pereppadan (FG) – 743 (13%)
Richardson (SF) – 725 (12%)
Fay (SPBP) – 662 (11%)
Dunne (SF) – 652 (11%)
Corr (SD) – 515 (9%)
Leech (SPBP) – 460 (8%)
Hendrick (SPBP) – 433 (7%)
Nolan (FF) – 341 (6%)
— David W. Higgins (@higginsdavidw) May 25, 2019
The Jobstown native, who fought five times in the UFC before he was forced to retire due to a rare blood disorder, spoke to the Irish Examiner on Saturday outlining his delight at his apparent election.
“No, yeah I’m delighted, I’m delighted my housing estate got out to vote and it’s important that they get out to support of Sinn Féin’s work in the area.
“Listen, I’m coming in as a new candidate but there are citizens of Jobstown, you know, you need to vote.”
Holohan also outlined in the interview that his career in the UFC, which saw him go 3-2 and headline the 3Arena in 2015, may have helped in his campaign.
“It might have helped because everyone else in there was sh**ting themselves, but when you’ve competed and fought and that sort of thing, your brain is in a different realm when it comes to dealing with pressure and this.”
Asked if a Dáil election run is next, Holohan said: “I don’t know. My coach will let you know.
“I’ll see how it goes, yeah, I don’t know if I’m gonna be that corrupt … Only messing!”