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.

#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.

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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