Tuesday 28 March 2017

Election 2016: Meet the 23 TDs who were elected on the first count

THE VOTES Are IN: Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin celebrates at the general election 2016 count at the City Hall in Cork. Photo: Chris Radburn
THE VOTES Are IN: Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin celebrates at the general election 2016 count at the City Hall in Cork. Photo: Chris Radburn
Róisín Shortall with Dara Baxter (2), son of her niece Sarah Baxter (on left) and her husband Séamus O’Byrne
CELEBRATIONS....Eoin O'Broin SF pictured with a box of Celebrations sweets.
Mary Butler topped the poll for Fianna Fáil in Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrene at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Newly elected Thomas Byrne Credit: Gerry Mooney
Barry Cowen celebrates at the Offaly count, held in Banagher. Photograph: James Flynn/APX
Frances Fitzgerald at City West.
Senator Darragh O'Brien Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Michael Healy-Rae, elected for Kerry South, outside Leinster House Credit: Tom Burke 20/1/2016
Willie O’Dea: sitting TD. Photo: Tom Burke
Social Democrats candidate Catherine Murphy. Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Cassells
Michael Lowry celebrates after he won the first seat at the Tipperary count center at the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 27/2/16
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is greeted by well-wishers as he arrives at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo: PA
Election Count, Roscommon/Galway constituency. Independent Denis Naughten celebrates his win on first count. Photo: Brian Farrell
NEW FORCE: Social Democrats founders Stephen Donnelly (pictured), Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy all retained their seats, while Lucinda Creighton lost hers on the fifth count in Dublin Bay South

David Kearns

There might be a lot of uncertainty about who will lead the country when the 32rd Dáil convenes but one thing not in doubt is the popularity of Kerry’s first son Michael Healy-Rae, who scored the second highest vote in the history of the State.

And while Healy-Rae might have smashed the ballot box, he was far from the only candidate to cross the finish line on the first count.

Below is the list of 23 candidates who were elected without the need of transfers:

Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry/IND) - 20,378 votes

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Stephen Donnelly (Wicklow/SD) - 14,348

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Billy Kelleher (Cork North-Central/FF) - 14,286

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Denis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway/IND) - 13,936

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Seán Fleming (Laois/FF) - 13,626

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Enda Kenny (Mayo/FG) - 13,318

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Michael Lowry (Tipperary/IND) - 13,064

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Willie O'Dea (Limerick City/FF) - 12,999

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Charlie McConalogue (Donegal/FF) - 12,533

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Heather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan/FG) - 12,391

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Barry Cowen (Offaly/FF) - 12,366

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Niall Collins (Limerick County/FF) - 12,276

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Michael McGrath (Cork South-Central/FF) - 11,795

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Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath/FF) - 11,655

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Micheal Martin (Cork South-Central/FF) - 11,346

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Catherine Murphy (Kildare North/SD) - 11,108

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Darragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal/FF) - 10,826

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Thomas Byrne (Meath East/FF) - 10,818

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Mary Butler (Waterford/FF) - 10,603

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Shane Cassells (Meath West/FF) - 10,585

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Róisín Shortall (Dublin North-west/SD) - 10,540

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Eoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid-West/SF) - 9,782

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Frances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid-West/FG) - 9,028 

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