I’m Fed Up

i-can-t-keep-calm-i-m-fed-upI’m fed up with politics these days.
I’m fed up of the shouting on Twitter and Facebook.
I’m fed up of people playing the man not the ball.
I’m fed up of people being cut down because you disagree with them on one issue, while agreeing with them on many more.

I’m fed up.

Why do we think we can win arguments by shouting on social media, or only dealing with those we agree with creating our own echo chambers?Why do we think that certain issues are defining issues, then ignore them after a month? Why do we only complain, yet never offer solutions?

This is why I’m fed up.

Politics has changed. Its changed into something I no longer recognise. I used to feel at home in the political sphere, staying up at night discussing issues, disagreeing with friends and family, yet always having respect.

The respect is gone.

Now I don’t feel at home talking politics. While I’m still interested and always will be. I’m not as comfortable discussing issues. Why? Cause more and more people are appealing to opinions rather than fact. To populist causes rather than solutions that will work.

8803e3a7b39eb8592f3ccee708ac5bf9We need to get real.
Yes, things aren’t great for a lot of people. Can they be fixed overnight? No. We need to engage. We need to talk, debate and argue to discern the best course of action for those who need the most action.

All parties and those not members of parties are guilty of this.

We are too quick to judge, quick to argue, yet not quick enough to consider. I too am guilty of this. But its something we all need to do.

I find myself on a political island, assailed by both the loud right and the loud left. I find myself defending views that I thought were widely held and see friends who I used to have debates and political disagreements with on this same Island having the same problems. How did it come to this?

Is it education? Populism? Or is it for some people when they are fed up they lash out?

745119212-luke-lirot-quote-it-is-not-a-perfect-world-but-we-can-do-betterWe can do better.

We all can do better.

I’m not leaving politics, but I am leaving any hopes I had of a political career. I am not able. Somethings are more important. But I have a voice and I will use it. I will support the causes I care about and I will remain a member of Fine Gael.

But I am FED UP!

Taoiseach’s Seanad Nominees announced

Seanad_Alan-BetsonThis evening the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees to Seanad Eireann were announced. They are as follows:

  • Paudie Coffey (former Senator, Dáil Deputy and Minister of State)
  • Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House)
  • Michelle Mulherin (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Ray Butler (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Frank Feighan (former Senator and Dáil Deputy)
  • John O’Mahony (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Dr James Reilly (Former TD and Minister)
  • Billy Lawless (advocate for Irish immigrants in the U.S.)
  • Colette Kelleher (CEO Alzheimers Ireland)
  • Pádraig Ó Céidigh (Businessman)
  • Marie-Louise O’Donnell (Former Senator)

Joan Freeman, Colette Kelleher and Pádraig Ó Céidigh were all nominated by the request of Fianna Fail.

One are that has been completely overlooked is that now Tipperary is the only county in Ireland which does not have a Fine Gael national representative. This will make it hard for Fine Gael to regain a seat in this constituency.

The first meeting of the new Seanad will take place on Wednesday 8 June at 3pm.

Ministers of State Announced

ministersofstate2016Today an Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the appointments of Junior Ministers which were agreed at Cabinet today. They are as follows

  • Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the E.U. Single Digital Market– Dara Murphy, Cork North Central, (Departments of the Taoiseach, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Justice and Equality)
  • Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement – Eoghan Murphy, Dublin Bay South, (Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for Tourism and Sport – Patrick O’Donovan, Limerick County, (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)
  • Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal – Damien English, Meath West, (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)
    5. Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources – Sean Kyne, Galway West, (Departments of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, and Climate Change, Communications and Natural Resources)
  • Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture – Andrew Doyle, Wicklow, (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)
  • Minister of State for Employment and Small Business– Pat Breen, Clare, (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Training and Skills – John Halligan, Waterford, (Departments of Education, and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People – Helen McEntee, Meath East, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for Health Promotion – Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Offaly, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief– Sean Canney, Galway East, (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid – Joe McHugh, Donegal (Departments of the Taoiseach, and Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Regional Economic Development – Michael Ring, Mayo, (Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy– Catherine Byrne, Dublin South-Central, (Health, and Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration – David Stanton, Cork East, (Department of Justice and Equality)

    These appointments are in addition to the three Ministers of State who were appointed when the Government was formed – Regina Doherty, Finian McGrath and Paul Kehoe.

The total number of Junior Ministers now stand at 18. Of those 3 are Independent TDs (Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Sean Canney) and the other 15 are members of Fine Gael.

New Irish Government Nominated

newgov2This evening in the Dáil following Enda Kenny’s re-election as Taoiseach. The following have been nominated as members of the Governments for the 32nd Dáil.

  • Taoiseach & Minister for Defence: Enda Kenny (FG)
  • Chief Whip: Regina Doherty (FG)
  • Tainiste & Minister for Justice and Equality: Francis Fitzgerald (FG)
  • Minister for Finance: Michael Noonan (FG)
  • Minister for Public expenditure and Reform: Paschal Donohue (FG)
  • Minister for Social Protection: Leo Varadkar (FG)
  • Minister for Health: Simon Harris (FG)
  • Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport: Shane Ross (Ind)
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Michael Creed (FG)
  • Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys
  • Minister for Communications, Climate Change and National Resources: Denis Naughton (Ind)
  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: Katerine Zappone (Ind)
  • Minister for Education and Skills: Richard Bruton (FG)
  • Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Simon Coveney (FG)
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Charles Flanagan (FG)
  • Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)
  • Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence: Paul Kehoe (FG)
  • Super Junior Minister who will attend Cabinet and have special responsibility for disability: Finian McGrath (Ind)
  • Attorney General: Maria Whelan SC

Ireland to get a new Government

Enda Kenny is set to make history on today when he is re-elected Taoiseach, the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to do so. Dáil Eireann will meet today at 12pm to vote on the nomination following the successful negotiations with Fianna Fail and Independent TDs.

After first negotiating a Confidence and Supply Agreement in the ‘Trinity Talks’ with Fianna Fáil, a series of deals were then completed with a range of Independent TDs. Some Independent TDs including Dublin South West TD Katherine Zappone, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughton and Dublin Rathdown TD Shane Ross are also expected to made ministers. Continue reading “Ireland to get a new Government”

#Seanad16 – Administrative Panel

Mark Daly - Elected Count 1, Fianna Fail
Mark Daly – Elected Count 1, Fianna Fail
Niall Ó Donnghaile - Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein
Niall Ó Donnghaile – Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein

Candidates: 17
Seats: 7
Total Valid Poll: 1,124,000
Quota: 140,501
At least 3 Candidates to be elected from each sub-panel
Elected Candidates: 9
State of the Parties: FF 2, FG 2,SF 1, Lab 1, Ind 1

In change Fianna Fail’s Mark Daly topped the poll in the Administration Panel. He recieved 184 1st preference votes, putting him well over the quota. The trick now will be for Fianna Fail to get two more elected, Diarmuid Wilson and Mary Fitzpatrick will be ones to watch. Diarmuid Wilson was elected on the final count as he reached the quota following the elimination of Independent Candidated Thomas Welby.

Sinn Feins Niall Ó Donnghaile was also elected on first count continuing to show their excellent vote management in this election. He received 150 1st preferences. His transfers did favour Independent candidates.

For Labour Kevin Humphreys will be hoping to deprive Fianna Fail of their 3rd seat. He got 99 votes on the first count. Humphreys was elected 13th count after all the Fine Gael candidates were eliminated, ensuring that Fianna Fail only got two seats.

Fine Gaels Maura Hopkins got 177 votes on the 1st count, which is the highest vote received by a Fine Gael candidate in these elections. Fine Gael do look to get a second seat on this panel, more then likely Martin Conway who is on 73. Following the elimination of Paudie Coffey, Maura Hopkins was elected on the 10th count. Martin Conway will join her in the Seanad after he was elected on 12th count following the elimination of Tom Seahan.

For the independents though Thomas Welby polled well the panels may go against him and see someone else elected. This will be one to watch as the count continues. John Dolan was elected on the last count by the virtue of being the only candidate left on the ‘outside’ panel, as Welby was ahead of him throughout the count.

Elected:

  • Daly, Mark (FF) Count 1
  • Ó Donnghaile, Niall (SF) Count 1
  • Hopkins, Maura (FG) Count 10
  • Conway, Martin (FG) Count 12
  • Humphreys, Kevin (Lab) Count 13
  • Wilson, Diarmuid (FF) Count 15
  • Dolan, John (Ind) Count 15

Eliminated:

  • Roche Mary (Ind) Count 3
  • O’Grady, Rosalenn (Ind) Count 4
  • Irwin, Jonathan (Ind) Count 5
  • Dempsey, Lorraine (Ind) Count 6
  • Power, Sean (FF) Count 7
  • Coghlan, Eamonn (FG) Count 8
  • Coffey, Paudie (FG) Count 9
  • Sheahan, Tom (FG) Count 11
  • Welby, Thomas J. (Ind) Count 13
  • Fitzpatrick, Mary (FF) Not Elected.

Check out Adrian Kavanagh’s Blog for some perspectives and see SeanadCount.ie for the results as they come in.

Follow @oireachtasnews for updates on the vocational panels.

Current Seanad Standings

FF: 14
FG: 13
SF: 7
Ind: 4
Lab: 4
GP: 1

Results

 

#Seanad16 – Industrial and Commercial Panel

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn – Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein

Candidates: 36
Seats: 9
Total Valid Poll: 1,124,000
Quota: 112,401
At least 3 Candidates to be elected from each sub-panel
Elected Candidates: 9
Remaining Candidates: 0
Status: Complete
State of the Parties: FG 3, FF 3, SF 1, Ind 1, Lab 1,

Sinn Fein’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Catherine Noone - Elected Count 25, Fine Gael
Catherine Noone – Elected Count 26, Fine Gael

has continued the form for Sinn Fein by topping the poll on the 1st count with 114 votes. He has benefited from having no running mate and cleaned up.

Labour’s Aodhain O Riordain had a great campaign and finsihed 2nd with 88 1st preferences. Aodhain was finally tipped over the line on the 33rd count with the transfers from Fine Gael’s Colm Burke and picking up transfers throughout the count.

Catherine Ardagh - Elected Count 28, Fianna Fail
Catherine Ardagh – Elected Count 28, Fianna Fail

While the Independent candidate Frances Black came 3rd with 75. Black was eventually elected on the 28th count having proven quite transfer friendly picking up votes for from parties and independents.

Fianna Fail’s Catherine Ardagh is certain to be elected. Ardagh will most likely be joined by Aidan Devitt. Ardagh was elected on the 28th count following the elimination of Neil Blaney. Ardagh was joined by both Davitt and Horkan on the final count having managed to stay ahead of the independent Dineen.

Fine Gael’s Catherine Noone was elected

Frances Black - Elected Count 28, Independent
Frances Black – Elected Count 28, Independent

on the 26th count to the second seat following the elimination of Imelda Henry. Fine Gael will get a second seat and it will more then likely be Colm Burke. Following the elimination of John Crowe on the 31st Count, Colm Burke was elected on the 32nd Count. Fine Gael got the 3rd seat on the final count with Paul Coghlan also staying ahead of the independent candidate Dineen.

Ciaran Staunton looked to be in the running for a second independent seat but he was over taken by Nigel Dineen. He would be challenging either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail for their 3rd seat, but with 32 of Staunton’s transfers

Colm Burke - Elected Count 32, Fine Gael
Colm Burke – Elected Count 32, Fine Gael

deemed non-transferable on after his elimination on Count 30 and only small amount of transfers available from Frances Black’s transfers it was not to be.

Elected:

  • Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig (Count 1) SF
  • Noone, Catherine (Count 26) FG
  • Ardagh, Catherine (Count 28) FF
  • Black, Frances (Count 28) Ind
  • Burke, Colm (Count 32) FG
  • O’Riordain, Aodhain (Count 33) Lab
  • Aodhan O'Riordain - Elected Count 33, Labour
    Aodhan O’Riordain – Elected Count 33, Labour

    Coghlan, Paul (Count 35) FG

  • Davitt, Aideen (Count 35) FF
  • Horkan, Gerry (Count 35) FF

Elimination:

  • Curley, Donnacha (Count 2) Ind
  • Kennelly, Mike (Count 3) FG
  • Hughes, Mary (Count 4) FF
  • Power, Milo (Count 5) Ind
  • Neylon, Eoin (Count 6) FF
  • Casey, Peter (Count 7) Ind
  • Keane, Cait (Count 8) FG
  • Lavelle, William (Count 9) FG

    Paul Coghlan - Elected Count 35, Fine Gael
    Paul Coghlan – Elected Count 35, Fine Gael
  • McEllistrim, Thomas (Count 10) FF
  • Kelleher, Niall (Count 11) FF
  • O’Shea-Farran, Linda (Count 12) FG
  • McKiernan, Sean (Count 13) FG
  • O’Rourke, Aengus (Count 14) FF
  • MacSharry, Tom (Count 15) FF
  • Owens, Danny (Count 16) FF
  • Kelly, Joe (Count 17) Ind
  • Hanafin, John (Count 18) FF
  • O’Donovan, Deirdre (Count 19) Ind
  • Butler, Ray (Count 20) FG
  • Griffin, Arthur (Count 21) FF

    Gerry Horkan - Elected Count 35, Fianna Fail
    Gerry Horkan – Elected Count 35, Fianna Fail
  • Ward, Barry (Count 22) FG
  • Bannon, James (Count 23) FG
  • Ryan, Rob (Count 24) FF
  • Henry, Imelda (Count 25) FG
  • Blaney, Niall (Count 27) FF
  • Stauton, Ciaran (Count 30) Ind
  • Crowe, John (Count 31) FG
  • Dineen, Nigel (Count 34) Ind

Check out Adrian Kavanagh’s Blog for some perspectives and see SeanadCount.ie for the results as they come in.

Follow @oireachtasnews for updates on the vocational panels.

Aidan Davitt - Elected Count 35, Fianna Fail
Aidan Davitt – Elected Count 35, Fianna Fail

Current Seanad Standings

FF: 12
FG: 11
SF: 6
Ind: 3
Lab: 3
GP: 1

Results

#Seanad16 – Labour Panel

Máire Devine - Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein
Máire Devine – Elected Count 1, Sinn Fein

Candidates: 23
Seats: 11
Total Valid Poll: 1,124,000
Quota: 93,667
At least 4 Candidates to be elected from each sub-panel
Elected Candidates: 11
Remaining Candidates: 0
Status: Complete
State of the Parties: FF 4, FG, 3, SF 2, Ind 1, Lab 1

Paul Gavan - Elected Count 2, Sinn Fein
Paul Gavan – Elected Count 2, Sinn Fein

As what has become the norm, a Sinn Fein candidate has topped the poll, Máire Devine topped the poll with 98 votes on the first count and was elected on the first count. Her running mate Paul Gavan came second with 90 first preference votes and was elected by her transfers on the second count.

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Gerard Craughwell – Elected Count 8, Independent

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell finished in third with 83 votes and should take a seat. He was elected on the 8th count following the elimination of Noel Cribbin.

Jerry Buttimer - Elected Count 10, Fine Gael
Jerry Buttimer – Elected Count 10, Fine Gael

For Fine Gael Jerry Buttimer took a commanding 81 votes and is certain of a seat on the panel. He was elected on the 10th count following the elimination of Maurice Cummins. There is hope for two more seats for Fine Gael if Joe O’Reilly and Neale Richmond can keep ahead of the Fianna Fail Candidates. Following the elimination of Terry Brennan on Count 18 it has assured the elected on Joe O’Reilly and Neale Richmond on the panel. Joe O’Reilly and Neale Richmond were elected on the 19th Count following Terry Brennan’s elimination.

Jennifer Murnane O’Connor - Elected Count 15, Fianna Fail
Jennifer Murnane O’Connor – Elected Count 15, Fianna Fail

Labour can be proud of Ged Nash’s performance here as he managed 74 votes. He is steadily picking up the transfers and will be elected as he has stayed ahead of many challengers. He finally reached the quota on the 19th count following the elimination of Fine Gael’s Terry Brennan.

Fianna Fail’s top vote getter is Jennifer Murnane O’Connor who got 55 votes. The party will be disappointed in Colm Keaveney who was eliminated on the 12th count and Kate Feeney on the 13th, but there will be hope for 3 seats by getting

Ned O'Sullivan - Elected Count 15, Fianna Fail
Ned O’Sullivan – Elected Count 15, Fianna Fail

Terry Leyden past Richmond or Prendeville to be elected with Murnane O’Connor and Robbie Gallagher. On Count 15 Jennifer

Murnane O’Connor and Ned O’Sullivan were elected following the elimination of Paul McAuliffe. On Count 17 following the transfers of the surplus of Murnane O’Connor and O’Sullivan, Robbie Gallagher joined his running mates in being

Robbie Gallagher - Elected Count 17, Fianna Fail
Robbie Gallagher – Elected Count 17, Fianna Fail

elected. Terry Leyden was also elected on the final count bringing to 4 the total number of seats won by Fianna Fail on this panel.

One to watch wil be AAA-PBP’s Cian Prendivillle who receieved 52 votes putting him a head of many FF and FG candidates but will he get the transfers? He’s steadily picking up transfers throughout the counts. Cian now

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Joe O’Reilly – Elected Count 19, Fine Gael

looks set not to win a seat. He did not pick up enough transfers to stay in contention with the party candidates as the count went on. A very impressive campaign though. One to watch for the future.

Elected:

  • Devine, Máire (Count 1) SF
  • Gavan, Paul (Count 2) SF

    Ged Nash - Elected Count 19, Labour
    Ged Nash – Elected Count 19, Labour
  • Craughwell, Gerard (Count 8) Ind
  • Buttimer, Jerry (Count 10) FG
  • Murnane O’Connor, Jennifer (Count 15) FF
  • O’Sullivane, Ned (Count 15) FF
  • Gallagher, Robbie (Count 17) FF
  • O’Reilly, Joe (Count 19) FG
  • Nash, Ged (Count 19) Lab
  • Richmond, Neale (Count 19) FG

Eliminated:

  • Spiers, Madeline (Count 3) FG
  • de Róiste, Daithí (Count 4) FF

    Neale Richmond - Elected Count 19, Fine Gael
    Neale Richmond – Elected Count 19, Fine Gael
  • Campbell, John (Count 5) Ind
  • Mulcahy, Tony (Count 6) FG
  • Cribbin, Noel (Count 7) Ind
  • Cummins, Maurice (Count 9) FG
  • Neville, Joe (Count 11) FG
  • Keaveney, Colm (Count 12) FF
  • Feeney, Kate (Count 13) FF
  • McAuliffe, Paul (Count 14) FF
  • Brennan, Terry (Count 18) FG

Check out Adrian Kavanagh’s Blog for some perspectives and see SeanadCount.ie for the results as they come in.

Terry Leyden - Elected Count 19, Fianna Fail
Terry Leyden – Elected Count 19, Fianna Fail

Follow @oireachtasnews for updates on the vocational panels.

Current Seanad Standings

FF: 9
FG: 8
SF: 5
Ind: 2
Lab: 2
GP: 1

Results

#Seanad16 – University of Dublin (TCD)

David Norris - Elected Count 1
David Norris – Elected Count 1

Candidates: 16
Seats: 3
Total Valid Poll: 10,6064
Quota: 4,017
Elected Candidates: 3
Remaining Candidates: 0
Status: Complete
A tally has been completed of the ballots and David Norris looks set to be elected on the first count with 25.1% of the vote. Ivana Bacik is second with

Ivana Bacik - Elected Count 13
Ivana Bacik – Elected Count 13

17.6%, but there is a real dog fight for the 3rd seat. Lynn Ruane (8.8%), Averil Power (8.5%) and Sean Barrett (8.3%) will be fighting till the end of that seat.

1:50am and the first count finally comes in! David Norris has topped the poll with 4,070. Ivana Bacik is over halfway to her goal on 2,853 votes. While the fight is really on for the 3rd seat. Lynn Ruane leads the pack with 1,378, Averil Power is close behind on 1,356 and Sean Barrett is on 1,317.

Lynn Ruane - Elected Count 15
Lynn Ruane – Elected Count 15

Thomas Clonan is 1,131 and if transfers go his way, he could mount a challenge!

With nearly 3,959 votes cast for the other 10 candidates, it is all to play for.

Power does not seeming to do well on the early transfers, with Ruane and Barrett doing a lot better. Will this continue across the counts?

On Count 8 Sean Barrett managed to leap both Power and Ruane, but is only 7 votes ahead of Ruane and 43 votes a head of power. Still all to play for.

On Count 10 Ruane is back in 3rd and is now 27 votes ahead of Barrett. Power is 22 behind, if she doesn’t catch up, she will be the decider.

Barrett is back in 3rd on the 11th Count, leading Ruane by 11 votes. Power has fallen further behind and will certainly be the king maker at this point, unless she make up the 162 gap between her and Ruane to challenge Barrett.

tcd count 11

On Count 12 Lynn Ruane yet again lept ahead of Barrett. She leads by 31 votes so her transfers will be crucial as we near the end of the count. Looks like Power will be the ond to decide it..

tcd count 12

Ivana Bacik was elected on the 13th count on Clonan’s transfers. These transfers also put Barrett ahead of Ruane by 22 votes. Both Bacik’s surplus of 127 and Power’s votes when eliminated will be crucial.

tcd count 13

And we are into the final count. The surplus from Bacik favourer Barrett and now leads by 46, but with Power’s 2,176 votes to be distributed, it could change yet again!

tcd count 14

On the final count, Barrett received 671 transfers from power but Ruane got 833 putting here 117 votes ahead of the outing senator. An amazing finish to the count!

tcd count 15

The University Times have a liveblog up on their site, check it out!

Elected:

  • Norris, David (Count 1)
  • Bacik, Ivana (Count 13)
  • Ruane, Lynn (Count 15)

Eliminated:

  • Cox, Maeve (Count 2)
  • Meehan, Eoin (Count 3)
  • Davitt, Edward (Count 4)
  • Cunningham, Kevin (Count 5)
  • Brennan, Sabrina (Count 6)
  • Melly, Sean (Count 7)
  • Tinney, Ethna (Count 8)
  • Priestley, William (Count 9)
  • Staines, Anthony (Count 10)
  • Coghlan, Oisin (Count 11)
  • Power, Averil (Count 14)

#Seanad16 – National University of Ireland

Michael McDowell - Elected Count 25
Michael McDowell – Elected Count 26

Candidates: 30
Seats: 3
Total Valid Poll: 36,293
Quota: 9,074
Elected Candidates: 3
Remaining Candidates: 30
Status: Complete
Current Count:

As predicted by many, Ronán Mullen has topped the poll in the NUI Panel with 7,632 votes. He was followed by Michael McDowell who got 5,661.

Ronán Mullen - Elected Count 25
Ronán Mullen – Elected Count 26

There will be a battle for the 3rd seat as Páidraig Ó’Céidigh got 2,475, while Alice Mary Higgins is on 2,055. There is a smattering of candidates on or around the 1,000 mark and these will be the deciders or who knows, one may leapfrog into 3rd!

Harmon is proving the most attractive in terms of transfers so far. She could mount a challenge, only 700 votes separate her from the 3rd place candidate O’Cédaigh on Count 14

Alice Mary Higgins - Elected Count 28
Alice Mary Higgins – Elected Count 28

We are on Count 24 now and Ó’Ceidigh remains nearly 300 votes of Higgins who is nearly 400 ahead of Harmon. With Begg and O’Malley Dunlop left to transfer it is going to be another close one. Can Higgins overtake?

After Count 25 Ronán Mullen is only 58 votes off quota and with 3,232 votes to be transferred from David Begg, there is a strong likely-hood that he will be elected on the next count. The battle for 3rd has taken an interesting turn as Higgins has passed Ó’Céidigh and now leads him 4,636 to 4,513, can she maintain that lead?

On Count 26 we finally get 2 people elected. Both Michael McDowell and Ronán Mullen exceed the quota following the elimination of David Begg. Higgins is has extended her lead over Ó’Cédigh to 346. With a surplus of 330 from McDowell and 293 from Mullen, Higgins will be hopeful that the majority of Harmon’s 4,567 will see her over the line.

In Count 27 she received 6 less transfers then Ó’Céidigh, so it all came down to Harmon’s votes. In the final count over half of Harmon’s transfers went to Higgins as expected ensuring her election. She received 2,428 votes while Ó’Cédigh recieved 560.

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Elected

  • McDowell, Michael (Count 26)
  • Mullen, Ronán (Count 26)
  • Higgins, Mary Alice (Count 28)

Eliminated:

  • Molloy, Michael Sean (Count 1)
  • Golden-Bannon, Ross (Count 2)
  • Beades, Jerry (Count 3)
  • Field, Luke (Count 4)
  • Devine, Karen (Count 5)
  • McGreal, Darragh (Count 6)
  • Dineed, Owen Joseph (Count 7)
  • D’Alton, Paul (Count 8)
  • Higgins, John (Count 9)
  • Monahan, Paddy (Count 10)
  • Johnston, Barry (Count 11)
  • Hunt, Carol (Count 12)
  • Darker, Marie (Count 13)
  • Flannery, Pearce (Count 14)
  • Burke, Deirdre (Count 15)
  • Coineen, Enda O (Count 16)
  • Price, Brendan (Count 17)
  • Hayden, Aideen (Count 18)
  • Rose, Kieran (Count 19)
  • Hearne, Rory (Count 20)
  • Kenneally, Christy (Count 21)
  • Daly, Martin Khare (Count 22)
  • Murphy, Eddie (Count 23)
  • O’Malley Dunlop, Ellen (Count 24)
  • Begg, David (Count 25)
  • Harmon, Laura (Count 27)