Friday 9 December 2016

Kildare North: Labour suffers whitewash as Emmet Stagg loses seat he won in 1997

Published 27/02/2016 | 19:59

Emmet Stagg ,Labour deputy for Kildare North
Emmet Stagg ,Labour deputy for Kildare North
Social Democrats candidate Catherine Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke

Labour suffered a whitewash in the two Kildare constituencies after long serving Emmet Stagg lost a seat he had held in the North since 1997.

  • Go To

The massive vote secured by poll topper Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats) badly damaged his support base in traditional Stagg heartlands and the inroads made by Fianna Fail saw two seats returning to the party.

Despite the swing against Fine Gael, another veteran Bernard Durkan held onto his seat but running mate Anthony Lawlor lost out after one Dail term.

After topping the poll and exceeding the quota on the first county in the Kildare North constituency, a jubilant Catherine Murphy, of the Social Democrats, said her party would take stock over the weekend before deciding whether they would accept any invitation to help form the next government.

Ms Murphy said a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition would not be her favourite choice of government but, on the other hand, the voters would not favour another election in the short term if a government could not be formed.

Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
77,609 4 49,226 63.43% 48,935 291 9,788

Count 1

Elected

COUNT CENTRE REPORTS:

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News