Friday 19 January 2018

'You should have stayed in the party' - Lucinda Creighton greeted by boos and cheers at count centre

Lucinda Creighton of Renua Ireland at the count in the RDS yesterday
Lucinda Creighton of Renua Ireland at the count in the RDS yesterday
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

RENUA Ireland's Lucinda Creighton entered the RDS Simmonscourt to a strange chorus of both cheers and boos yesterday

"You should have stayed in the party," one heckler shouted as she entered to survey how things were panning out in the Dublin Bay South constituency.

She spoke to reporters and assured them that she was "philosophical" about politics, as it was clear that retaining her seat was very uncertain.

Those fears were well founded as the former Fine Gael TD and Renua Ireland was eliminated on the fifth count.

She had pulled 4,252 first preference votes, but after five rounds of transfers, she had reached just 4,820.

Ms Creighton had left the count centre before the vote was announced, but had previously said that the existence of Renua Ireland was not dependent on her retaining the seat.

The quota for the constituency was 7,941, but so close was the vote that only two candidates passed that, the Green Party's Eamonn Ryan, who had pulled 8,788 by the seventh count an Eoghan Murphy (FG) who took 8023 on the same round.

It was a major win for poll-topper Mr Ryan, who has lost his seat in the destruction of the Green Party in the last General Election.

"All parties on the left should look to see what might be possible rather than ruling things out at the start," he said

The eight count saw more disappointment for the Labour Party as sitting TD Kevin Humphries lost his seat.

As the surplus from Mr Ryan was distributed, Fianna Fail's Jim O'Callaghan and Fine Gael's Kate O'Connell were returned without reaching the quota in the four-seater.

They finished with 6,921 and 6,547 respectively.

Mr Humphreys was left just short 6,221. He had already left the centre when the result was announced.

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