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Galway East: 5th Count: Keaveney eliminated

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It’s nearly all over in the Galway East Constituency with just one count remaining . . . it is one of the earliest counts to be completed in the constituency in living memory.
The fifth count was the elimination of Senator Lorraine Higgins of Labour which has left Sean Canney just over three hundred votes short of the quota.
She transferred heavily to Deputy Ciaran Cannon with just over 1,700 votes. Paul Connaughton of Fine Gael received just over 1,000 transfers as he conceded defeat to his party colleague.
The count has resulted in Fianna Fail’s Colm Keaveney being eliminated and his transfers are expected to put party colleague Anne Rabbitte and independent Sean Canney over the line.
Keaveney hit out at the boundary changes with put 20,000 votes from Galway east into the new Roscommon Galway constituency. He said that he was not going to make any decision on his political future at the moment.
It is now a packed count centre as the supporters of Canney, Cannon and Rabbitte are waiting for the final result to be announced.
FIFTH COUNT
Distribution of Lorraine Higgins votes
Canney Sean IND +773 10969
Cannon Ciaran FG +1707 9519
Rabbitte Anne FF +825 8791
Connaughton Paul FG +1054 7866
Keaveney Colm FF +573 6700
Keaveney eliminated

City East

TALLIES: Fine Gael will struggle to hold seat in City East

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Fine Gael will struggle to hold its seat in Galway City East.

City Councillor John Walsh – a brother of former Fine Gael TD in Galway West, Brian Walsh – is on 5.7% with three-quarters of the boxes opened.
The tallies indicate that Mairéad Farrell of Sinn Féin is also under pressure on 6.75%.
Fianna Fáil is in with a strong shout of taking two seats with Cllr Michael John Crowe (10%) and running mate Alan Cheevers (16%) polling well.
Independents Terry O’Flaherty (14%) and Declan McDonnell (12%) are going well and will hold; but Noel Larkin (8%) is in a battle to retain his seat.
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City East

TALLIES: Cheevers looks set to take a seat in City East

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With just over half the boxes tallied for Galway City East, Fianna Fáil’s Alan Cheevers looks set to take a seat, polling at over 17 per cent of first preferences.

With Mervue, Ballybane and Tirellan polling stations still to be tallied, Cheevers has taken the lead, with Independent councillor Terry O’Flaherty slipping into second with 16 per cent.

Incumbent Fianna Fáil councillor Mike Crowe is on 10.5 per cent, with Independent councillor Declan McDonnell on 8 per cent.

The Green’s Claire Hillery looks to be benefitting from the party’s nationwide jump in the polls, collecting 6.5 per cent of first preferences.

Sitting Councillors Noel Larkin (Ind), Mairéad Farrell (SF) and John Walsh (FG) are polling at 7.5 per cent, 5.7 per cent and 6.7 per cent respectively.

Also still in contention is the Social Democrats’ Owen Hanley with 6.6 per cent of the vote.

City East Tallies with 50% of boxes open

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Galway East

Deal demands better focus on rural Ireland initiatives

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New Galway East TD Sean Canney with his wife Gearldine.

A concession on turf cutting, an examination of the decision to close rural Garda stations and post offices – as well as flood alleviation – are all on the shopping list for at least two of Galway’s independent TDs before any agreement to support a new Government.

Both Michael Fitzmaurice from Glinsk and Sean Canney from Tuam have been in discussions with the main parties since the general election with a view to securing their support.

They are part of the six-strong Independent Alliance which also includes Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Shane Ross – but top of their list concerns they have regarding rural Ireland.

It is understood that part of any deal would see some concession on the whole turf cutting controversy, while the issue of the closure of rural Garda Stations and rural post offices are also high on the agenda.

Deputy Canney said that so too was the recent flooding crisis and added that many farmers and individual householders were still suffering.

The Independent Alliance will hold further discussions with the parties and Deputy Canney emphasised that they were not demanding ministerial positions but just a better deal for rural Ireland.

They are demanding, however, that there will be a full Minister for Rural Affairs appointed once the new government is formed.

Deputy Canney added that it was being suggested that a TD in each constituency would report back to this department.

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