Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bad day

• Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer (Cork South-Central): lost around 1,400 votes because his base in Bishopstown -- where he chaired the GAA club -- and Glasheen -- where his constituency office is -- have been transferred to Cork North-Central. And the constituency is down from a five-seater to a four-seater.

• Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Mayo): he secured four seats out of five for Fine Gael, but one of those TDs won't survive the constituency downsizing to a four-seater. Michael Ring -- despite his protests -- will be safe but John O'Mahony and Michelle Mulherin are in the firing line.

• Labour TD Alex White, Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews, Independent TD Shane Ross (Dublin South): their current Dublin South constituency has been decimated from five seats to three -- with Alex White particularly affected by the loss of voters in his Rathfarnham base and Knocklyon to Dublin South-West.

• Fine Gael TD Paul Connaughton and Labour TD Colm Keaveney (Galway East): Paul Connaughton has lost up to half of the 7,255 votes he got last year with the hiving off of territory to Galway-Roscommon. He might move. It will also be tougher for Tuam-based TD Colm Keaveney to be in a three-seater rather than a four-seater.

• Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan (Roscommon South-Leitrim): he was already in political peril in Roscommon South-Leitrim from voters angry that he did not quit Fine Gael over Roscommon Hospital's A&E closure and now has lost a massive 40pc of his vote base with the disappearance of the Leitrim voters.

• Labour TD Jack Wall (Kildare South): the former electrician suffered a power loss with around 7,000 voters near to his Athy base in Kildare transferring to Laois.

• Fine Gael TD Paschal Donohoe (Dublin Central): performed strongly when elected to the Dail last year but has now lost votes in Navan Road and Ashtown to Dublin West and lost votes in Drumcondra to Dublin North West. Constituency also drops from a four-seater to a three seater.

• Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain (Cavan-Monaghan): his dreams of winning a second seat for Sinn Fein through Senator Kathryn Reilly suffered a big blow with the constituency reduced from a five-seater to a four-seater.

Irish Independent

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