Wexford: Minister Brendan Howlin puts dent in the Fianna Fáil gallop
Labour Party's Brendan Howlin fought his eighth General Election but few will compare with this.
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.
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.