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Agriculture big hitters set to hold onto seats despite Sinn Féin surge

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Offaly Organic farmer and Green Party candidate Senator Pippa Hackett, Green Party spokeperson on Agriculture, Food & Forestry with Neil Feighery and Mark Hackett at the General Election 2020 count in Portlaoise after receiving 3494 votes. Photo: Alf Harv

Offaly Organic farmer and Green Party candidate Senator Pippa Hackett, Green Party spokeperson on Agriculture, Food & Forestry with Neil Feighery and Mark Hackett at the General Election 2020 count in Portlaoise after receiving 3494 votes. Photo: Alf Harv

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Offaly Organic farmer and Green Party candidate Senator Pippa Hackett, Green Party spokeperson on Agriculture, Food & Forestry with Neil Feighery and Mark Hackett at the General Election 2020 count in Portlaoise after receiving 3494 votes. Photo: Alf Harv

Despite a surge in support for Sinn Féin, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed retained his seat in Cork North West.

Minister Creed thanked his Fine Gael family and supporters after he was elected on the fifth and final count having exceeded the quota.

He said he was "delighted" to have retained his seat.

Fianna Fáil's agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue retained his seat in Donegal.

Having topped the poll in 2016, McConalogue polled 11pc of the first preference votes, down by 6pc since 2016.

Sinn Féin's agriculture spokesperson, Brian Stanley, topped the poll in Laois-Offaly. He was elected on the first count with 24pc of the first preference vote, nearly 8,000 votes clear of Fianna Fáil frontbencher Barry Cowen in second place.

In Galway East/Roscommon, farmer and prominent agriculture commentator Michael Fitzmaurice topped the poll with 13,077 votes seeing him elected on the first count on Sunday.

He said there is a responsibility on all those given a mandate by the people to go into the negotiations and make an honest effort to reach an agreement.

"I hope that nobody ducks and dives if they are given that opportunity," he said.

Green Party farming spokesperson Pippa Hackett received 3,494 first-preference votes in Laois Offaly

Tánaiste and former Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney was returned to the 33rd Dáil with 9,327 votes (16pc) in Cork South Central.

Mr Coveney said it had been "a challenging election" for Fine Gael marked by a strong surge in support for the party over the closing days of the campaign.

"I think the importance of stability in Ireland for Brexit and of maintaining and protecting Ireland's economy registered with people."

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