Thursday 23 May 2019

Seanad poll: David Norris elected on first count as Labour set to get boost as Ged Nash to be elected to Upper House

David Norris. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
David Norris. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Staff begin counting votes at Trinity College for the election of the new Seanad. Photo: Sam Boal/
Newly elected Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, from Belmullet, Co Mayo, gets a kiss from her sons Anthony and Peter at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

The Labour Party is on the cusp of securing a much-needed boost with the election of at least two of its Seanad candidates.

Tipperary senator Denis Landy was returned yesterday and was expected to be joined in the Upper House by Ged Nash, the former super junior minister who lost his Dáil seat last month.

Tallies for the elections show high-profile figures such as Michael McDowell and David Norris are on course to be elected.

And Fine Gael's Jerry Buttimer is also likely to succeed in his Seanad bid.

Earlier yesterday, Sinn Féin's Rose Conway-Walsh topped the poll on the Agriculture panel, while her colleague Trevor Ó Clochartaigh retained his seat. Independent councillor in Dún Laoghaire Victor Boyhan was also elected, as were Senators Denis O'Donovan (Fianna Fáil) and Paddy Burke (Fine Gael). Mr Burke, the outgoing Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, secured the highest Fine Gael vote on the Agriculture panel.

But the party was left disappointed after Senators Pat O'Neill and Michael Comiskey lost their seats.

Noel Coonan and Anthony Lawlor, who lost their Dáil seats in the General Election, were also unsuccessful.

The Green Party secured a major boost after electing its first senator to the new Seanad in Grace O'Sullivan.

Others elected via this panel are: Brian O Domhnaill and Paul Daly (FF), Maria Byrne and Tim Lombard (FG) and Labour Party Senator Denis Landy.

Meanwhile, former Fine Gael TDs Kieran O'Donnell and Gabrielle McFadden were both successful through the Cultural and Educational panel.

David Norris was elected on the first count of ballots for the constituency of the University of Dublin with 4070 votes late last night.

The total valid poll was 16,064 and the quota was 4017 votes.

The count will resume this morning at 9.30am in the Examination Hall, Front Square Trinity College and will continue until remaining two seats are filled.

Irish Independent

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