Tuesday 21 February 2017

Fine Gael grab final two seats in Wexford in dramatic 14th count

Brendan Furlong

Published 29/02/2016 | 19:19

Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy (left) and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe photographed at the announcment of the result where they got the final 2 seats. Photo; Mary Browne
Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy (left) and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe photographed at the announcment of the result where they got the final 2 seats. Photo; Mary Browne
Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy (left) and Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe photographed at the announcement of the result where they got the final 2 seats. Photo; Mary Browne

Labour Party's Brendan Howlin fought his eighth General Election but few will compare with this.

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It was top marks for the former Wexford town primary school teacher as he put a huge dent in the Fianna Fail gallop, as being witnessed across other constituencies, when he head the poll with a whopping 10,574 first preference votes.

Despite the problems his party colleagues were experiencing, the Minister held off the challenge of Fianna Fail’s James Browne who emerged with 9827, taking the seat of his father John, who retired from politics in the lead up to the election.

Maverick Independent Mick Wallace, who pulled in transfers right across the constituency having looked in some trouble early on, still managed a first preference count of 7917, but it was his ability to attract transfers that saw him elected on the thirteenth count, but with still a dramatic drop of almost six thousand first preference votes when first elected in 2011.

Independent candidates, Tommy Broughan, centre, looks on as votes are checked in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Independent candidates, Tommy Broughan, centre, looks on as votes are checked in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Votes are checked in the Dublin Bay North constituency at the RDS count centre. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The filling of the final two seats was a party affair as Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Paul Kehoe were declared elected to make up the five TDs for the constituency.

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