Mick Dollard tops poll and confounds critics

The 2019 Local Elections in Westmeath produced their own share of surprises, and the biggest change in representation came as part of a national swing towards the Green Party, which succeeded at the first attempt in gaining two Westmeath Council seats, as candidates, Hazel Smyth in Mullingar electoral area and Louise Heavin in Athlone area took the final seats available.