It’s been a pretty disappointing day for Lucinda Creighton.
Not only does she look extremely likely to lose her own seat in Dublin Bay South, but it also looks highly improbable that her party Renua will return any TDs to the 32nd Dáil.
And on top of all that, she subjected to sustained booing when she arrived at the RDS count centre this afternoon.
Given her ardent stance on women’s reproductive rights – and perhaps more to the point, other women’s reproductive rights – she’s long found herself in conflict with those in favour of repealing the eighth amendment and better access to safe and legal abortion in Ireland.
But the hostile reception still split opinions on Twitter, even among non-supporters.
Punching downwards was *the* defining characteristic of Lucinda Creighton’s political career. Booing is a very mild response to that. #ge16
— Ray (@RayMcGrath) February 27, 2016
— Fiona Coyle (@misefiona) February 27, 2016
All the things that Lucinda Creighton would rather do to women than let them look after their own bodies, and folk worry about some booing?
— Niamh Puirséil (@NiamhPuirseil) February 27, 2016
As much as I disagree with Lucinda and her policies, I don’t think booing her is fair. She ran and deserves credit. #GE16
— Rachel O’Neill (@ronronzo) February 27, 2016
Disappointed it took until election day for people to start booing Lucinda Creighton in public tbh
— New Year’s Steve. (@EXECUTIVESTEVE) February 27, 2016
Disappointed to hear Lucinda Creighton booed at count centre. She had the courage to run and deserves same respect as rest of field. #GE16
— Oliver Callan (@olivercallan) February 27, 2016