#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

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Current Seanad Standings

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

Results

#SE11: Labour Panel

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The Seanad elections are continuing today and the count for the Labour Panel took place yesterday and concluded last night. There was 21 candidates for 11 seats. 4 candidates had to be elected on each sub-panel.

The following were elected:

  1. Maurice Cummins (FG) 1st Count (outside panel)
  2. Healy-Eames, Fidelma (FG) 4th Count (inside panel)
  3. Maloney, Maire (Lab) 6th Count (outside panel)
  4. Cullinane, David (SF) 9th Count (inside panel)
  5. Mulcahy, Tony (FG) 13th Count (inside panel)
  6. Keane, Cait (FG) 13th Count (inside panel)
  7. Brennan, Terry (FG) 14th Count (outside panel)
  8. O’Brien, Darragh (FF) 17th Count (inside panel)
  9. Leydon, Terry (FF) 17th Count (outside panel)
  10. O’Sullivan, Ned (FF) 17th Count (outside panel)
  11. Whelan, John (Lab) 17th Count (inside panel)

So on this panel, Fine Gael managed the vote well and got 5 out of the 11 seats. Its a pity that this is probably the only panel that this will happen on. If there is to be another Seanad Election, FG have to look at this result carefully.

Fianna Fail managed to only get 3 and lost the seat of Donie Cassidy. He lost out on the last seat to Labour’s John Whelan who managed to hang in there until the end and take the seat. The Martin list again managed to get one person elected, that being Darragh O’Brien. FF seem to have a problem in getting women elected, but that might change with Panels featuring Avril Power and Mary White coming up.

Sinn Fein will be delighted with the election of David Cullinane and Labour can be very happy with their two seats.

Standing of the Parties after three panels:

  • FG 11
  • FF 9
  • Lab 5
  • SF 2

 

#SE11: Cultural and Education Panel

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The count for the Cultural and Educational Panel came to a close yesterday evening with 5 candidates elected. They were in the following order:

  1. Clune, Deridre (FG)  10th Count (inside panel)
  2. Ó’Murchú, Labhras (FF) 13th Count (outside panel)
  3. Byrne, Thomas (FF) 13th Count (inside panel)
  4. Gilroy, John (Lab) 14th Count (inside panel)
  5. Mullins , Michael (FG) 14th Count (outside panel)

Mullins was elected without reaching the quota.

Personally I am delighted to see that Clune was elected to the Seanad. Nationally she is a very good politician and hopefully may be a useful example in why we should keep the Seanad.

The result was also good for Micheal Martin’s list, with Thomas Byrne being on that list and being elected, but he was out polled by Labhras who was not on the list. It will be interesting to see if the other panels follow suit.

Today the Agricultural panel is being counted and that will finish shortly. That will be followed by the Labour panel.

Check out SeanadCount.ie for results and Labour.ie’s primer for the panels.