Saturday 19 August 2017

Dublin Bay South: Greens leader Eamon Ryan tops the poll after making incredible comeback

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan canvassing in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan canvassing in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Lucinda Creighton of Renua Ireland at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

There were scenes of jubilation in the RDS as the Green Party leader Eamon Ryan topped the poll in the hotly contested Dublin Bay South constituency.

Mr Ryan, who was a minister in the last Fianna Fail led coalition Government, surged past Fine Gael's Eoghan Ryan with the transfers from the seventh count.

Those transfers came from Sinn Fein's Chris Andrews, bringing Mr Ryan to a poll topping 8,788, in a constituency where the quota was 7,941.

Sitting TD Mr Murphy was also elected to the second seat of the constituency in the count, with a vote of 8,023.

It's a political resurrection for Mr Ryan, who lost his seat in the destruction of his party in the last General Election.

Mr Ryan said he was delighted to finally regain his seat lost in the 2011 election.

The Greens were the first party ever to lose all their dail seats and come back, he pointed out, proving that "money isn't everything" and spoke of the power of the volunteer.

Alongside Catherine Ward who was elected in the Dublin Rathdown constituency, he said he was delighted to be going back to Leinster House as "a team" and to see what will happen.

Asked if he would consider forming a government, he urged fellow left newly elected candidates not to rule out anything at this stage.

"All parties on the left should look to see what might be possible rather than ruling things out at the start," he said

An emotional Mr Ryan was pictured with his son celebrating the result.

Fine Gael also managed to get both of their candidates - Kate O'Connell and incumbent TD Eoghan Murphy - elected.

There was also joy for Fianna Fail, with the party managing to get their man Jim O'Callaghan a seat,  to complete the four.

It was a tightly fought battle with former Fine Gael TD and Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton a big name loser.

Kevin Humphreys, the sitting Labour TD, also lost out.

Last night,  RENUA Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has lost her seat.

Ms Creighton, an outgoing TD, was eliminated on the fifth count in the Dublin Bay South constituency.

She fell behind Labour's Kevin Humphreys following the redistribution of the 3,527 votes of Glenna Lynch (Social Democrats).

Ms Creighton was booted out of Fine Gael after she voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.

She was a rising star in the party before that, holding the profile of minister for Europe.

Earlier in the day, Ms Creighton was optimistic that she could keep the seat, though her team had expressed doubt after she received just 4,229 first preference votes, around 10 pc.

She proved unable to attract enough transfers to remain in the race.

Ms Creighton left the count centre before the result was announced. But she had earlier said that Renua would not necessarily fall if she lost her seat.

Fine Gael's Eoghan Murphy topped the poll in the constituency with 6,567 first preference votes, leaving him just short of the quota of 7,941.

His party running mate in the constituency Kate O'Connell polled 5,399 first preference votes, putting her in second place.

Earlier in the day, independent Mannix Flynn, who polled well in initial tallies, conceded defeat.

"It's not our day," he told independent.ie.

Around 70 of the ballot papers in the Dublin Bay South constituency did not contain official seal - the stamp placed on the voting card at the voting centre.

A number of votes cast at the centre are being adjudicated on.

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