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Election 2020

Galway West 12th Count: Connolly re-elected

Stephen Corrigan

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Catherine Connolly after she was elected in Galway West today (Photo: Paddy Henry)

Just one seat remains in Galway West following the re-election of Independent candidate Catherine Connolly.
A huge transfer from Social Democrats Niall Ó Tuathail has resulted in Connolly surging past the quota with a surplus of 2,429 votes.
Connolly’s surplus will now be redistributed between Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton and Seán Kyne to determine which of the two sitting TDs will retain their seat and fill the fifth and final seat in the constituency.

(Photo: Catherine Connolly after she was elected in Galway West today. Pic: Paddy Henry)

Seats: 5
Electorate: 104,825
Total Poll: 60,764
Spoiled: 423
Total valid poll: 60,341
Quota: 10,057

TWELFTH COUNT:
Distribution of Ó Tuathail’s transfer of 6,403
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): ELECTED
Grealish, Noel (Ind): ELECTED
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): ELECTED
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +3,580 (12,486) ELECTED
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +1027 (8,536)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +544 (7,037)
Non: 1,252
Distribution of Connolly surplus of 2,429

ELEVENTH COUNT
Distribution of Farrell’s surplus of 283:
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): ELECTED
Grealish, Noel (Ind): ELECTED
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): ELECTED
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +75 (8,906)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +36 (7,509)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +32 (6,493)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +64 (6,403) ELIMINATED
Non-transferable: 76

11th COUNT WILL BE THE DISTRIBUTION OF ó Tuathail’s 6,403 transfers

TENTH COUNT
Distribution of Grealish surplus of 336:

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): ELECTED
Grealish, Noel (Ind): ELECTED
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): ELECTED
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +109 (8,831)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +107 (7,473)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +62 (6,461)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +58 (6,339)

Non-transferable: 0

Farrell’s surplus of 283 to be redistributed for 11th count

NINTH COUNT
Distribution of Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,863:

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): ELECTED
Grealish, Noel (Ind): ELECTED
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): ELECTED
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +633 (8,722)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +357 (7,366)
Kyne, Seán (FG): + 350 (6,399)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +302 (6,281)

Non-transferable: 211

Tenth count redistribution of Grealish surplus of 336

EIGHTH COUNT
Transfer of Crowe’s 5,671 votes:

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): +2,710 (11,910) ELECTED
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +1,091 (10, 393) ELECTED
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): +327 (10,340) ELECTED
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +464 (8,089)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +379 (7,009)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +229 (5,979)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +220 (6,049)
Ninth count redistribution of Cuív surplus of 1,853
Non-transferable: 251

SEVENTH COUNT
Transfer of O’Reilly’s 4,230 votes

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): +183 (9,200)
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): +380 (10,013)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +134 (9,302)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +964 (7,625)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +603 (6,630)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +270 (5,829)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +1,437 (5750)
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +116 (5,671) ELIMINATED

Crowe’s 5,671 votes to be distributed

Non-transferable: 143

SIXTH COUNT
Transfer of Cubbard’s 2,097 votes

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): +124 (9,017)
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): +729 (9,633)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +552 (9,168)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +633 (6,661)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +142 (6,027)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +82 (5,559)
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +171 (5,555)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +256 (4,313)
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): +132 (4,230) ELIMINATED
O’Reilly’s 4,230 votes to be redistributed
Non-transferable: 86

FIFTH COUNT
Transfer of McNelis 1,593 votes

Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): +68 (8,893)
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): +90 (8,904)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +75 (8,616)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +253 (6,028)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +218 (5,885)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +132 (5,477)
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +74 (5,384)
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): +287 (4,098)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +264 (4,057)
Cubbard, Mike (Ind): +105 (2,097) ELIMINATED
Cubbard’s 2,097 votes to be distributed

Non-transferable: 27

FOURTH COUNT:

Transfer of Ó Corcoráin 1,118 votes:
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): +269 (8,825)
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): +70 (8,814)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +345 (8,541)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +82 (5,775)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +22 (5,667)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +31 (5,345)
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +103 (5,3\\10)
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): +45 (3,811)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +32 (3,793)
Cubbard, Mike (Ind): +62 (2,802)
McNelis, Níall (Lab): +16 (1,593) ELIMINATED
Non-transferable: 41
McNelis’ 1,593 now to be distributed

THIRD COUNT::
Transfer of Loughnane and Burke’s 957 votes:
Farrell, Maireád (SF): +258 (8,744)
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): + 22 (8,556)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +37 (8,196)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +215 (5,693)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +28 (5,645)
Kyne, Seán (FG): +22 (5,314)
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +27 (5,207)
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): +111 (3,766)
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +131 (3,761)
Cubbard, Mike (Ind): +43 (2740)
McNelis, Níall (Lab): +23 (1,577
Cormac Ó Corcaráin (Aontu) +21 (1,118) ELIMINATED
Non-Transferable: 19
Ó Corcoráin 1,118 now to be distributed

SECOND COUNT:
Transfer of Darragh O’Flaherty’s 318 votes:
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): + 12 (8,534)
Farrell, Maireád (SF): +22 (8,486)
Grealish, Noel (Ind): +116 (8,159)
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): +8 (5,617)
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): +39 5,478
Kyne, Seán (FG): +8 5,292
Crowe, Ollie (FF): +5 5,180
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): +5 3,655
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): +7 3,630
Cubbard, Mike (Ind): +21 2,697
McNelis, Níall (Lab): +6, 1,554
Corcoráin, Cormac Ó (Aontu): +39 1,097
Burke, Conor (Sol): +17 512 ELIMINATED
Loughnane, Joe (PBP): +8 445 ELIMINATED
Non-transferable: 5
Loughnane and Burke 957 votes to be distributed

FIRST COUNT
Cuív, Éamon Ó (FF): 8,522
Farrell, Mairéad (SF): 8,464
Grealish, Noel (Ind): 8,043
Naughton, Hildegarde (FG): 5,609
Connolly, Catherine (Ind): 5,439
Kyne, Seán (FG): 5,284
Crowe, Ollie (FF): 5,175
O’Reilly, Pauline (Green): 3,650
Ó Tuathail, Niall (Soc Dem): 3,623
Cubbard, Mike (Ind): 2,676
McNelis, Níall (Lab): 1,548
Corcoráin, Cormac Ó (Aontu): 1,058
Burke, Conor (Sol): 495
Loughnane, Joe (PBP): 437

Flaherty, Darragh (Ind): 318 ELIM

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Election 2020

Labour fails to make up ground

Stephen Corrigan

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Galway West Labour Party candidate Niall McNelis and his wife Aideen at the Galway West count centre on Monday morning.

On the canvass three weeks ahead of the election, Cllr Níall McNelis told the Galway City Tribune he believed Labour’s time “on the bold step” had come to an end.

But as soon as ballot boxes were opened on Sunday morning, it became apparent that wasn’t the case. In fact, the first preference vote share for Labour in Michael D Higgins’ former constituency had decreased to just 3% – a further decline from the 5% Derek Nolan managed in 2016.

Labour’s hammering wasn’t contained to Galway and it’s clear they haven’t been forgiven for their time in Government with Fine Gael. Nonetheless, Cllr McNelis said he was “devastated” by the result when he visited the count centre on Monday morning.

He’d been eliminated on the fourth count the day before, having received 1,548 first preferences.

“I was at home yesterday – I was devastated, gutted, but I know it’s not personal. The party is in trouble and we’re going to have to look at that. The unions have left us and they’re voting for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Fine Gael. That was our core vote; we were a workers’ party once upon a time.

“We were the party that fought for marriage equality long before anybody else – the SocDems have taken that mantel off us; the repeal of the 8th Amendment, we were the ones who fought for that,” said Cllr McNelis.

“The Left vote is very, very crowded here in Galway so [Labour is] going to have to regroup and reorganise. I have to explain what Níall does a bit more. The result that we got, people have been ringing me and saying, ‘Níall, we’re sorry, it was Labour and not Níall’.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Election 2020

Down but not out – Crowe considering Seanad bid

Dara Bradley

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Seanad bid: Galway West Fianna Fáil candidate Ollie Crowe during the count.

When one door closes, another opens. That appeared to be the motto of Ollie Crowe, who bowed out of the race in Galway West on the seventh count.

No sooner had the electorate shut the door on his hopes of taking a second seat for Fianna Fáil, the city councillor was contemplating a bid for a seat in the Upper House of the Oireachtas.

“We just came up short; the national trend affected it in the last couple of days. I was delighted to get 5,200 first preferences in my first time standing for Dáil Éireann. I’m disappointed but I feel overall, I revitalised Fianna Fáil in the city and rebuilt the party.

“I’m honoured and humbled that public representatives have asked me to stand for the Seanad and that’s something we’ll discuss over the coming days and weeks and make a decision on that,” he said.

Cllr Crowe told Galway City Tribune that Fianna Fáil made a mistake supporting Fine Gael in ‘Confidence and Supply’ for four years. “We probably stayed in too long – four years is too long. People wanted change, people spoke for change and we were too aligned with the Government.”

He said that a coalition with Sinn Féin “wouldn’t be my preference”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Election 2020

Party unstuck by a green wave of a different hue

Dara Bradley

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Galway West Green Party candidate Pauline O’Reilly with her daughter Cara (9) after she was eliminated.

Pauline O’Reilly’s biggest supporter, her daughter Caragh, cuddled into the Green Party councillor’s side as she gave an interview to the Galway City Tribune at the count centre on Sunday, after being eliminated on the sixth count in Galway West.

The nine-year-old was by her mother’s side last May as well, when Cllr O’Reilly – and two other Galway councillors, Martina O’Connor and Alastair McKinstry – was elected in the local elections on the back of a ‘Green wave’.

Less than a year later, and ger Dáil bid came unstuck by another green wave – green of a Republican tinge.

She was tipped by many political pundits and rival candidates, as the likely beneficiary if Galway West returned two ‘left’ seats. And a TG4 constituency poll the week before voters cast their ballots, confirmed Cllr O’Reilly was bang in contention. But then came the surge for Sinn Féin, which her supporters felt on the doorsteps.

“We knew a week out that I was in trouble; I felt in the last couple of days support had shifted back a bit. I wasn’t shocked when I saw the tallies because I was feeling the worry a week ago and I knew it hadn’t come back sufficiently. Certainly, a lot of younger people, children and teens, were upset at the lack of conversation about climate and the environment but it just wasn’t coming up strongly enough with adults,” she said.

Cllr O’Reilly took 6% of the vote with 3,650 first preferences, an increase of 3.5% compared with Seamus Sheridan in 2016, but she was swamped by Sinn Féin’s rise.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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