Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan has won a seat in the South Dublin Council after the 31-year old came 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 yesterday suggesting that he had received enough support to be named the victor in the first count with the official results confirming his election on Sunday.
The 31-year old required 973 votes to reach the quota and did so in the seventh count on Sunday evening as he celebrated his first successful foray into politics.
Corr (SD) – 786
Dunne (SF) – 783
Holohan (SF) – 1048
Pereppadan (FG) – 966
Richardson (SF) – 836
— South Dublin Co Co (@sdublincoco) May 26, 2019
Speaking before the final count Holohan outlined to the media that he is still learning a lot about the politics game.
“People give MMA a bad time, you’d want to check out politics! At least in MMA when they come at you know what they’re trying to do. You’ve to be very careful in this game, and I’m learning it.”
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 election which was confirmed on Sunday.
“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!”