This 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.
Total Valid Poll: 1,124,000
At least 3 Candidates to be elected from each sub-panel
Elected Candidates: 9
Remaining Candidates: 0
State of the Parties: FG 3, FF 3, SF 1, Ind 1, Lab 1,
Sinn Fein’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
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.
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
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
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.
Total Valid Poll: 1,124,000
At least 4 Candidates to be elected from each sub-panel
Elected Candidates: 11
Remaining Candidates: 0
State of the Parties: FF 4, FG, 3, SF 2, Ind 1, Lab 1
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.