Election casualties: The big names gone and those on the brink of missing out on 32nd Dail
Published 27/02/2016 | 10:48
Former Justice Minister and Fine Gael candidate Alan Shatter's hopes of being elected to the next Dáil were blown yesterday, and so were those of Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.
Padraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Féin)
TD for Donegal North East and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality left the race on Sunday evening after the 13th count in the constituency. The Sinn Féin TD was in a tight race with Independent Thomas Pringle at the end, with just 184 votes between them.
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Also in Dublin Rathdown, Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who has long polled well in the area, lost out to the Green Party's Catherine Martin. Shatter finished in fourth place in the three-seat race. Shatter became the second major casualty of the day in the three-seater constituency after Alex White, the former Communications Minister, also lost out in the collapse of the coalition vote.
Shatter said yesterday that an effort by Fine Gael headquarters to manage the vote in certain parts of Dublin Rathdown may have contributed to him losing some votes to Josepha Madigan.
Letters sent to two different areas looked for votes for Madigan No1. She took the second seat and then Shatter was overtaken by Green candidate Catherine Martin who got the third seat.
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton
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.
Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch
Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch is set to lose her seat as Fianna Fail and the Anti Austerity Alliance delivered a huge vote in Cork North Central.
Fianna Fail director of elections, Billy Kelleher TD, was elected on the first count with a massive 14,286 vote - more than 4,000 votes over the quota.
Councillor Mick Barry, fighting his fourth general election for the AAA, attracted 8,041 votes, more than double the first preference total of Kathleen Lynch, the veteran Labour TD who was first elected in a 1994 by-election.
Ms Lynch had admitted she faced a daunting task to defend her seat after the Labour Party failed to elect a councillor to Cork City Council two years ago in the biggest meltdown in the party's Leeside history.
Mr Barry will now take a seat as will outgoing Sinn Fein TD Jonathan O'Brien.
However, Sinn Fein hopes of taking a second seat were frustrated as Mr O'Brien's running mate, Councillor Tom Gould, while polling ahead of Ms Lynch, is not expected to be able to cause a shock and unseat outgoing Fine Gael TD and European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy.
Communications Minister Alex White
Communications Minister Alex White lost his seat in Dublin Rathdown in the General Election.
As the Labour vote collapsed he became a casualty in the Dublin Rathdown constituency.
Speaking after his elimination following the fourth count Mr White said he has not yet decided if he will stay in politics.
He did, however, back leader Joan Burton.
“It has been an immense privilege to serve as a TD for Dublin South for the last five years and also to serve as Minister in the Department of Health and then in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It has been an immense privilege to do so in a difficult time for our country and I have absolutely no regrets,” he told Independent.ie.
He added that he had resolute support for the actions taken by the government over the last five years and did not regret contesting the election in Dublin Rathdown instead of Dublin South West where a lot of his support was before the constituency boundaries changed.
Labour junior minister Kevin Humphreys
Humphreys became the latest casualty in the near wipe out for the party.
Mr Humphreys was in a race with Fianna Fail's Jim O'Callaghan and Kate O'Connell for the last two seats of the Dublin Bay South constituency.
The Labour candidate finished with 6,221.
Labour Minister Ged Nash
Labour Minister Ged Nash has lost his seat in the 11th and final count in Louth.
The same count has seen Fine Gael manage to keep its two seats, the final two seats, in the 5 seater constituency.
From the first tallies, Labour knew that their candidate was in danger.
Labour's Arthur Spring
Arthur Spring was eliminated from the race on Count 10 in the Kerry constituency on Sunday evening. The young Labour TD was tallied at just 6pc.
Ciaran Lynch, Oireachtas banking committee chairman
The veteran Labour TD lost his seat today. As Fianna Fail celebrated the party's resurgence as Cork South Central, Ireland's self-styled 'Constituency of Death,' proved fatal for Coalition re-election hopes.
Both Labour and Fine Gael lost TDs as Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, who held his seat despite his vote dropping by 1,500, warned there could be "no hiding" from the reality of a hugely disappointing election for the Government parties.
High-profile Fine Gael backbench TD Jerry Buttimer lost his seat. Mr Buttimer said he believed Fine Gael should now go into Opposition and that the onus for forming the next Government should rest with Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and independents.
"I'm trying to be philosophical about it. But it is very disappointing. Losing my Bishopstown base to Cork North Central was a bridge too far really. To quote Van Morrison, 'My mother told me there'll be days like this.' What else can you say?"
Labour's Joe Costello
Of the four sitting TDs who went into this election for Dublin Central, only Labour's Joe Costello has not survived. By the sixth count, Mr Costello had accepted that he would lose his seat.
During the 10th and 11th counts, Maureen O'Sullivan was apparently at home commiserating with her team until word came that she was back in with a shot and she should head to the RDS.
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald cruised home on top, Fine Gael's Paschal Donohoe survived an early scare while independent Maureen O'Sullivan virtually came back from the dead after being written off for most of the day. Neither Donohoe nor O'Sullivan reached the 5,922 quota.
O'Sullivan gained 2,055 transfers from independent Christy Burke and Fianna Fail's Mary Fitzgerald.
Social Democrat Gary Gannon looked to be heading for a seat until he was hit by the transfers to O'Sullivan in the last two counts. The 11th count proved decisive.
Minister for Children James Reilly
The Deputy Leader of Fine Gael lost his seat in the Dublin Fingal constituency today.
The minister had made his concerns known about whether he could keep his seat, but today he said: "Reality shocks more than theory".
"I'd like to use a medical metaphor - the operation was a success but the patient is still in a lot of pain and that pain was evident at the doors. And I don't believe we got our message as clearly out as we could have in terms of making an emotional connection so today is a tough day for a lot of my colleagues."
"This reminds me of Winston Churchill, I'm probably paraphrasing when I say 'democracy isn't great, but there's nothing better', and sometimes I think we take it for granted. I think it's important that we continue to mind it and nurture it."
He said a "very difficult job" awaits all those elected now to form a Government and to keep the country on track.
Fianna Fáil's Mary Hanafin
Mary Hanafin yesterday, on learning of her defeat, said that Fianna Fail never really stood a chance of being elected in Dun Laoghaire.
She admitted defeat saying Fine Gael and People Before Profit candidates will in all likelihood take the Dun Laoghaire seats.
She did add that there was “a very big difference between losing and not winning” and defended her decision to run saying, “this election was really worth contesting, I’d have been disappointed in myself if I hadn’t have done it.”
The former cabinet heavyweight was gracious in defeat, congratulating Fine Gael candidate Maria Bailey who was “a past pupil of mine – I’m glad I taught her so well.”
Fine Gael's Jimmy Deenihan
Fine Gael’s director of elections in Kerry, Tony Dillane, said yesterday: “We’re likely to lose the seat of Jimmy Deenihan. I just can’t see him closing the gap unfortunately. I just think the Healy-Raes cleaned everybody out,” he said.
“But when you see places as far away from Kilgarvan as Ballylongford and they’re doubling Deenihan’s vote, something is wrong … the Healy-Rae thing has taken everyone by surprise … but all you can do is admire them.”
And for those outside Kerry left scratching their heads at the Healy-Rae phenomena, Michael Healy-Rae said their success was due to “work and not forgetting what it’s all about.”
The count resumed at 9am today.
Labour TD Anne Ferris
Completed tallies in Wicklow showed Anne Ferris will lose her seat after she got just 3.8pc of tallied votes.
Social Democrats's Stephen Donnelly topped poll with 21.1pc with John Brady of Sinn Fein in second place with 16.3pc and sure to take a seat.
Fine Gael's Simon Harris got 15.6pc. The last two seats will be between Fianna Fail's Pat Casey 9pc, Fine Gael's Andrew Doyle 8.8pc and Billy Timmons of Renua 7.8pc
Minister of State Ann Phelan:
Labour's Minister of State Ann Phelan was the big casualty in Carlow/Kilkenny as she went out on the eighth count.
Fine Gael held on to take two seats in Carlow-Kilkenny, as one of the sitting TDs made a "Lazarus" like recovery.
The party's Pat Deering and John Paul Phelan kept their seats, while Fianna Fail's John McGuinness topped the poll and the party's Bobby Aylward was also elected.
First time TD, Kathleen Funchion, was the only woman elected in the five-seat constituency as she took a seat for Sinn Fein.
Labour's Willie Penrose:
Labour's Willie Penrose conceded defeat in Longford-Westmeath yesterday and has called on Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to form the next government.
Penrose who was first elected in the 1992 “Spring tide” said that “the tide was out” for the Labour party.
He said Labour suffered for putting the country's interests ahead of those of the party but they had left the nation in a much better state than they found it in 2011. He said Labour had rescued the country on three separate occasions following Fianna Fail administrations.
While counting continued, an emotional Penrose, who received 4,822 first preferences, said he accepted the verdict of the people. He then called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to acknowledge the mandate given to them by the electorate and to form a stable government adding that they had no ideological differences and “there is not a cigarette paper between them”.
Penrose trailed Non Party candidate Kevin Boxer Moran, FG Councillor Peter Burke and Sinn Fein's Paul Hogan after the first count.
Fianna Fail's Robert Troy retained his seat easily sweeping past the 11,056 quota in the first round with 599 surplus votes. ends
Labour's Arthur Spring:
Yesterday with 74pc of boxes open in Kerry, Labour's Arthur Spring was in trouble polling 6.6pc of votes.
Labour's John Lyons:
In Dublin North West, Labour's John Lyons appears to be out of the running. Fine Gael's Noel Rock is currently fighting it out with Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe for the third seat in the constituency.
Labour's Ged Nash:
Labour Minister Ged Nash who will be fighting to take the last of the 5 seats in Louth has said that he accepts his party will not be part of the next government.
Speaking at the county centre, he said, “We will reinvigorate ourselves, we will have that discussion internally over the next few days and next few weeks. It is obviously crystal clear that the Labour party will not be part of the next government and that is not to the benefit of working people.”
“I am very proud of the record that I have achieved over the last 20 months as Employment minister, independently considered to be the most reforming Labour minister since the 1970’s in terms of collective bargaining legislation I’ve introduced, new reforms to the national minimum wage, new wage setting mechanisms for people in low paid sectors of our economy; these are legislative changes that will continue to benefit people.”
In relation to the next government he said, “I feel there so much uncertainty at the moment we may very well be back on the doors in a short period of time and I intend to be back on those doors whether i am successfully elected or not this weekend.”
“I am hopeful that i can be in the mix for the last seat, it is between myself and Peter Fitzpatrick.
He said the first 2-3 years in government were “very very difficult. We were trying to save this country form the brink of economic ruin.”
He said, “we restored economic sovereignty, we have improved our economic situation compared to the situation we inherited in 2011. We acknowledge that the recovery has not reached every kitchen table.”
Labour’s Joanna Tuffy
Dublin Mid West saw three of its four sitting government party TDs lose their seats as Sinn Fein topped the poll. Ms Tuffy lost her seat on the ninth count with 2,515 votes.
Fine Gael TD Derek Keating
Mr Keating was eliminated on the 11th count, with a total of 4,179.
The constituency returned two Fine Gael and two Labour TDs in the last general election but only Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald held onto her seat this time.
Sinn Fein’s Eoin O’Broin was the poll topper, being elected on the first count, with 9,782 votes, followed by Frances Fitzgerald on 9,028.
Outgoing Labour TD Robert Dowds had decided not to contest the election.
Making a comeback for Fianna Fail in Dublin Mid West was John Curran, who regained the seat he lost in 2011.
The former junior minister and Government Chief Whip took the third seat with 9,497 votes on the 12th and final count.
The fourth seat was taken by People Before Profit/ Anti Austerity Alliance candidate Gino Kenny Kenny’s with 7,911 votes.
Fine Gael's Gabrielle McFadden
Ms McFadden has conceded her seat in the Longford Westmeath constituency
Labour's Ciara Conway
Ciara Conway who secured well over 5,000 first preferences in the 2011 General election managed less than half that this time out.
The drama at the Waterford count centre continued until after midnight. In 2011 Deasy and Coffey battled to top the poll, this time they were scrapping for the fourth and final seat. And John Deasy had enough in stock to pip his party colleague Paudie Coffey by 567 votes in the final count.
Fine Gael's Noel Harrington (Cork South West)
Harrington was elected to the Dáil in 2011.
The father-of-three was eliminated on the fifth count yesterday.
His running mate Jim Daly retained his seat but feels that it was a very disappointing result for his party in Cork South West.
‘This has been a very disappointing day for Fine Gael, I am glad that I can return to Dail Eireann and continue to work for the people of West Cork. I would like to talk my supporters for all their hard work and I look forward to what I hope will be a strong stable government,’ Jim Daly said.
"With the counting now done and those elected preparing to take the road to Dublin many people are asking what the 31st Dail will have in store for the country and indeed just how long will it last."
Fine Gael's Sean Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan)
The first major casualty in Cavan-Monaghan count was outgoing TD Sean Conlon. The former Fine Gael man was unable to retain his seat following his success in 2011.
He was eliminated in the sixth count having gotten just under 2,000 votes.
Conlon left the party in November 2015 having cited the party's refusal to listen to the constituents views on the North South Interconnector pylon project as the reason for his departure.
Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly (Cavan-Monaghan)
Senator Kathryn Reilly has been eliminated in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency on the eighth count.
The Sinn Fein candidates elimination ends the party's hopes of securing two seats in the constituency.
Fine Gael's Kieran O'Donnell
The biggest casualty in Limerick city was outgoing Fine Gael TD and Public Accounts Committee member Kieran O'Donnell, who lost his seat despite looking safe until the second last count.
A further blow to the government parties was dealt by the success of Sinn Fein's first time general candidate Maurice Quinlivan who took the second seat, ahead of Ministers Michael Noonan and Jan O'Sullivan who were elected without reaching the quota in the last count.