Thursday 23 November 2017

Five key battlegrounds where Labour TDs are fighting for their political careers

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Alan Kelly
Tánaiste Joan Burton and Alan Kelly

Barry Lennon

LABOUR looks set for a very difficult election, with leader Joan Burton among those set for a fight to keep their seats.

Some senior party figures are set to be toppled following a rise in supported for Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politicians from early indicators.

Independent.ie takes a look at the top five battlegrounds around the country.

Dublin West

Tánaiste Joan Burton looks to be in a fight for the last seat with the Anti-Austerity Alliance’s Ruth Coppinger after Dublin West’s tally figures make for grim reading.

Current figures suggest if the Labour party leader succeeds in holding onto the final seat, it could be by a tiny margin.

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton

The figures for Dublin west are: Leo Varadkar (FG) 19.6pc, Jack Chambers (FF) 16.5pc, Ruth Coppinger (AAA) 15.4pc, Joan Burton (Lab) 15.5pc, Paul Donnelly (SF) 14.4pc, David McGuinness (Ind) 7.2pc, and Roderic O'Gorman (GP) 4.2pc.

Limerick City

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. Pic Tom Burke
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan. Pic Tom Burke

Another Labour Minister Jan O’Sullivan is facing an uphill battle to hang on to her seat in Limerick City.

Tallies indicate that Ms O’Sullivan will just miss out 11pc to Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan 12.5pc, following disastrous trend for the party.

Willie O’Dea looks set to top the poll with an impressive 27.7pc of the tally with 100pc of the boxes open.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan (15pc ) and his running mate Kieran O'Donnell (13pc) look safe.

Tipperary

Tipperary always expected drama as one sitting TD will loose out, after the loss of one seat in the county

Alan Kelly at the launch of the Labour Party's Election Manifesto. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Alan Kelly at the launch of the Labour Party's Election Manifesto. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Tallies suggest Environment Minister Alan Kelly (11pc with 50pc boxes open) could be in for a struggle after he was put in fourth position just 1pc ahead of Michael Smith who looks set to take the last seat.

But the real struggle looks set to be between sitting TDs Tom Hayes, Noel Coonan and Sinn Féin candidate Seamie Morris (all 8pc in tally).

Michael Lowry looks set to top the poll with the same figures putting him at 21pc.

Wexford

Mick Wallace’s fight here is which of the five seats he will get, after performing surprisingly bad in the tally (11.2pc with all boxes open).

Independent candidate Mick Wallace.
Independent candidate Mick Wallace.

Mr Wallace topped the poll the last time but doesn’t look to repeat his 2011 victory.

On the other hand, Fianna Fáil’s James Browne performed best with early tallies indicating him topping the polling with 15pc of all first preferences.

Expenditure Minster Brendan Howlin picked up votes in the south of the county, collecting 11.3pc of tallied votes.

Dublin Central

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou MacDonald looks set to top the poll in Dublin Central, tallying at 24.2pc with 98pc of boxes open.

Fine Gael’s Paschal Donohue also looks safe (13.7pc), however the real struggle will be for the third and final seat.

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Tom Burke

Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzgerald (10.7pc) could win back the seat previously occupied by Bertie Ahern but will have to face down independent Christy Burke (10.1pc).

However, veteran TDs Joe Costello of Labour (8.6pc) and Maureen O’Sullivan (8.6pc) could lose out here.

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