"I'm just gutted for him," said Cllr Brian O'Donoghue after he was left devastated as Fine Gael's Pat Deering lost his seat in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency.
The Fine Gael candidate was eliminated in the seventh count with 7,143 votes on Monday morning.
Pat, a farmer from Rathvilly, was first elected in 2011 and played key roles in Government - including being chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and Marine.
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